Qatar 2022 Race: Eagles return to Lagos, they say the goal is to defeat the Sharks Super Eagles

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The Super Eagles delegation for Saturday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Liberia in Tangier, Morocco flew to Nigeria on Sunday morning aboard a chartered Air Peace Embraer E-195 E2 jet after a cruise of four 1.5 hours from Morocco’s main northern city to Lagos.

The plane landed at Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7:30 am and the three-time African champions were immediately flown to their home at the Eko Hotel, with a gymnastics session in the evening to cool down before a full workout on Monday at the game. venue – Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The 2-0 win in Tangier over Lone Star meant the Eagles have won all away games in this qualifying series and only need a draw against Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage. in the African series for Qatar 2022. They have scored two goals in each of their away games, with a 2-1 defeat by the Sharks on Mindelo Island and 2-0 by the Central African Republic and Liberia in Douala and Tangier respectively.

Captain Ahmed Musa, who won his 102nd cap for Nigeria, a record, after joining the bench in Saturday’s triumph, said none of the players are thinking of a draw against the Sharks at Teslim Balogun Satdium. .

“Nobody thinks about a draw. It is a game to win, as far as we are concerned. The mentality is to win and reach the final stage of the World Cup series without any history. “

A win or draw against the Sharks will send the Eagles from 12 points to the second round, with the guests, 10 of them, having to win at the Teslim Balogun to progress at Nigeria’s expense.

Nigeria have participated in all finals of the FIFA World Cup since their 1994 debut in the United States of America, except the 2006 finals in Germany which they missed shortly after FIFA chose to use the head-to-head rule. head in the qualifying campaign, which favored Angola.

Fit Senegal as well as Egypt, Mali, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of the Congo already sailed into that final round, with the African champions from Algeria having no problem doing the same. One of Ghana’s Black Stars and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana were expected to emerge Sunday night after their group’s last game on Cape Coast, with the home team needing a win and the guests only a draw.

Three more games will produce the remaining two qualifiers. Cameroon’s five-time African champions are at home against Ivory Coast Elephants in Yaoundé on Tuesday. The 12-point Lions need a win while the 13-point Elephants only require a draw.

Tunisia are also hosting Zambia on Tuesday and would review with a draw until Equatorial Guinea, which shocked the Carthage Eagles on Saturday, collect all the points in Nouakchott against Mauritania. The Eagles and the Guineans are both on 10 points. Even Zambia, who beat Mauritania 4-0 to seven points on Saturday, still have a chance if they win well in Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea loses all points in Nouakchott.

The final round of the African qualifying series will take place in March 2022.

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