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Ensure Nigeria Qualifies for 2026 World Cup, Minister Task NFF, Finidi

The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has urged the Nigerian Football Federation and coach Finidi George to ensure that the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Enoh also called for the introduction of new crop of Nigerian players wherever they can be found, to ensure the best legs represent the country at every given time.

The charge was given at a meeting attended by the minister, NFF leader and Finidi on Wednesday.

In a statement, Enoh said, “Yesterday the 13th of June, I met with NFF and Coach Finidi. I directed The Nigeria Football Federation to urgently put in place the necessary framework to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, in addition to addressing issues that have hindered high performances and growth of Nigerian football.

“I also directed the NFF to take proactive and progressive steps immediately especially touching on various areas including the current coach of the national team, the competence of both the NFF Technical Committee and Technical Department, discipline of players in the national team camp.

“We further admonished the NFF on the introduction of new crop of Nigerian players wherever they can be found, to ensure the best legs represent the country at every given time.

“The team of NFF officials and its technical team were given not more than one week to present its comprehensive position indicating the positive progressive steps that have been taken to get the team ready for the next round of competitive matches. We honestly do not want excuses.”

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