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Club owner believes Super Eagles missing 2022 World Cup benefits Nigerian football

Published on: 25 April 2022

Kunle Soname, owner of Remo Stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), believes that the Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will benefit the country in the long run.

The Eagles failed to qualify for Qatar after losing to bitter rivals Ghana's Black Stars in the final qualifying round.

Following a goalless draw in Kumasi, the Black Stars held the Eagles to a 1-1 draw in Abuja.

“Like a normal Nigerian, I feel very disappointed that we will not be there but on the second thought I think it is good for Nigerian football,” Soname began.

“Maybe it’s time for us to take a step backwards and think about properly how to structure this football and it must start with the leagues.

“The women league, the amateur league the NNL, the NPFL, we must structure it and make it work properly. Until we do that we will keep qualifying for World Cups then the next edition we won’t qualify.”

Nigeria have turned their attention to the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where they face Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe or Mauritius.

Portuguese Jose Peseiro is said to be in pole position to be named Nigeria coach following the sacking of Augustine Eguavoen after the World Cup failure.

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