Former Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has warned the Super Eagles against underrating their 2022 World Cup qualifying opponents, describing their group foes as ‘tricky’.
Three-time African champions Nigeria, were on Tuesday night drawn against Cape Verde, Liberia and Central African Republic in Group C of the second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Though the group appears easy on paper, Adepoju, who represented Nigeria at three World Cups, has advised Gernot Rohr’s men to take all their matches serious in order to ensure passage to the final round of the qualifiers.
“Looking at the group, on paper, I think it is accessible and it looks easy, but it is not easy until matches are played,” the former Super Eagles star cautioned.
“This kind of group is very tricky, and there are some of them (teams) that might pose a problem when you start playing the game.
“The right to do is just to prepare very well and take all the teams there very serious. Prepare very well and play the matches, and win the matches without underrating any team.”
Nonetheless, the former Racing Santander and Real Sociedad player is optimistic the Super Eagles have a good chance of advancing from their group if they get their acts right.
“I believe the Super Eagles have the chances of going to the next round if we take every team very serious.
“On paper as I said, it looks easy, but what we need to do is to be serious with everything, and play the games and qualify for the next round,” the 49-year-old La Liga Ambassador in Nigeria advised.
The 10 group winners in the second round of qualifying will advance to a final round, where they will be drawn against each other, with the 5 winners over two legs progressing to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nigeria have made 6 appearances at the World Cup, reaching the second round in her debut in 1994, and equalling the feat in 1998 and 2014.