Sports minister summons NFF officials over Super Eagles’ poor results in World Cup series

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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has requested a comprehensive technical report from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) following the disappointing performance of the Super Eagles during the June FIFA window.

The Super Eagles managed to secure only one point out of a possible six, drawing 1-1 with South Africa in Uyo and suffering a 2-1 loss to Benin Republic in Abidjan in their third and fourth games of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

These outcomes leave the Super Eagles with only three points out of a potential twelve from the four games played so far in their bid to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the results, especially considering the substantial support the NFF has received from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, the minister emphasized the importance of the open and positive working relationship between the Ministry and the NFF.

“The recent results are unacceptable,” Senator Enoh stated. “Despite the immense support from President Tinubu and the high expectations of Nigerian football fans, the Super Eagles have underperformed. The NFF must provide a comprehensive technical report explaining the reasons behind this poor showing and give cause why there mustn’t be consequences for the disappointment caused both Government and the generality of Nigerians.

He emphasised that Nigerian football fans demand and deserve answers and accountability from the NFF. “Our supporters are passionate and devoted. They deserve an explanation for why our national team has not been performing to the expected standards since after the last AFCON he added.