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2022 World Cup Qualifier: Super Eagles Will Not Underrate Any Team – Pascal  

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Former Nigeria international and Super Eagles Coordinator, Patrick Pascal, has said that, Nigeria would not underestimate any team at the start of the African preliminary round qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Nigeria will be starting the journey to Qatar World Cup in Group C, as the three-times African champions are drawn alongside Cape-Verde, Central Africa Republic and Liberia,  after the draws was conducted by CAF inside the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday evening,

Pascal, who spoke to LEADERSHIP Sports while reacting to the continent’s draws, started that Nigeria stand a good chance to qualify to the group stage and the playoff rounds.

“We all know that, there are no more small teams in Africa, because every country wants to prove bookmaker wrong, that is why the Super Eagles will not be underrating any team during the preliminary round” he said.

“We have a good and young team now, and the players are ready to give their best to the country anytime they are call upon to do so, you can see that played out in our 2021 AFCON qualifying games”.

Pascal, who doubles as the Chairman of the Bauchi State football association (BSFA) also stated that the technical crew of the Super Eagles would do everything humanly possible within the rules of the round leather game to fly the country’s flag at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Am confident that the technical crew will ensure that, the  Super Eagles compete at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with the supports of the Nigeria football federation and the government” he added.

Nigeria’s first game, coming up in October this year,  will be against the Lone Star of Liberia, who reached this stage after shoving neighbours Sierra Leone in the first round.

Each of the 40 teams will play two matches each towards the end of this year, with the remaining four matches coming up next year. The third and final round of the qualifiers will see the 10 winners of the pools drawn into five explosive home-and-away fixtures that will produce Africa’s flagbearers in Qatar. Those knockout games come up in November 2021.

GROUP A

ALGERIA

BURKINA FASO

NIGER

DJIBOUTI

 

GROUP B

TUNISIA

ZAMBIA

MAURITANIA

EQITORIA GUNIEA

 

GROUP C

NIGERIA

CAPE VERDE

CENTRAL AFRICA REP

LIBERIA

 

GROUP D

CAMEROON

COTE D’ IVOIRE

MOZAMBIQUE

MALAWI

 

GROUP E

MALI

UGANDA

KENYA

RWANDA

 

GROUP F

EGYPT

GABON

LIBYA

ANGOLA

 

GROUP G

GHANA

SOUTH AFRICA

ZIMBABWE

ETHIOPIA

 

GROUP H

SENEGAL

CONGO

NAMIBIA

TOGO

 

GROUP I

MOROCCO

GUINEA

GUINEA BISSAU

SUDAN

 

GROUP J

CONGO DR

BENIN

MADAGASCAR

TANZANIA

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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