BREAKING: Sports Minister Summons NFF to Explain Super Eagles' Disappointing Performance

BREAKING: Sports Minister Summons NFF to Explain Super Eagles' Disappointing Performance

  • Senator John Owan Enoh, the minister of Sports Development, has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to explain the poor performance of the Super Eagles
  • The Super Eagles secured only three points out of a possible 12, getting a 1-1 draw against South Africa and a 2-1 loss to Benin Republic in their latest qualifying matches
  • The minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the team's performance, emphasising the need for the NFF to provide accountability to the Nigerian public

FCT, Abuja - The minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, has requested a comprehensive technical report from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) following the Super Eagles' poor performance in the June FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Sports minister seeks explanation for Super Eagles' poor performance
Sports minister seeks explanation for Super Eagles' poor performance Photo credit: @OwanEnoh/@thenff
Source: Twitter

Disappointing performances

The Super Eagles have only accumulated one point from a possible six, with a 1-1 draw against South Africa in Uyo and a 2-1 loss to Benin Republic in Abidjan in their third and fourth qualifying matches, as reported by ThisDay.

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These results leave the Super Eagles with a total of just three points out of a possible 12 from the four games played so far in their quest to qualify for the World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

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Senator Enoh: Tinubu supported Super Eagles significantly

Senator Enoh voiced his disappointment with these outcomes, especially given the significant support the NFF has received from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration and the positive working relationship between the Ministry and the NFF, Vanguard reported.

He said:

"The recent results are unacceptable.
"Despite significant support from President Tinubu and the high expectations of Nigerian football fans, the Super Eagles have fallen short."

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Demand for detailed technical report

While lamenting the performances of the super eagles, the minister demanded a comprehensive technical report, explaining why the team performed poorly and why there shouldn't be consequences.

He said:

"The NFF must submit a detailed technical report to explain the reasons for this poor performance and justify why there should not be consequences for the disappointment caused to both the government and the Nigerian public."

He stressed that Nigerian football fans demand and deserve answers and accountability from the NFF.

Nigeria vs South Africa, Benin: Super Eagles’ Osimhen missing in action

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen would miss Nigeria’s two upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

The NFF announced the update on their official X handle on Tuesday, May 28, stating that Enugu Rangers’ Kenneth Igboke has been called up to replace the injured Osimhen.

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