Former Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has told www.busybuddiesng.com the Super Eagles are in a ‘do-or-die’ situation to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The three-time African champions are through to the final qualifying round for the Mundial, thanks to an unimpressive 1-1 draw against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Lagos on Tuesday, which guaranteed them top spot in Group C and passage to the playoffs.
Gernot Rohr’s side, who are ranked 5th on the continent, will face one of Ghana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Mali or Egypt when the draws for the playoffs are conducted on 18 December.
While admitting that the potential playoffs opponents of the Super Eagles are all good, Adepoju, who represented Nigeria at three World Cups, believes Rohr’s men have the quality to book a place in Qatar.
“The teams that we are likely to pair with; Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, DR Congo and (Mali), all those teams are very good and experienced,” the 50-year-old former Real Sociedad star said.
“But the fact is that we have the players that can do the job and qualify (for the World Cup). I’m very sure that we have good players and all that. The only thing is when the time comes if we are going to be able to do the job, that’s just the thing.
“It’s a do-or-die thing if we want to go to the World Cup. Whoever we are paired with, we must win and qualify for the World Cup. It’s not going to be easy, but I know it is possible,”
The Super Eagles have participated in every edition of the World Cup since making her debut in 1994, except in 2006.
The team also reached the second round on three occasions in 1994, 1998 and 2014.