We have a team for 2022 and 2026 World Cup – Amaju Pinnick
With the Super Eagles B team putting up a solid performance in a friendly game against Europa League Champions Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Amaju Pinnick has assured Nigerians that the country has a ready-made team for the 2022 and 2026 World Cup.
The second string team of the Super Eagles lost 3-2 to the star studded Atletico side that had Fernando Torres, Gabi, Jan Oblak, amongst others.
Pinnick said the Eagles’ performance was an indication that Nigeria has ‘a solid youth team that is capable of taking over from the squad going to the World Cup next month.’
The NFF President, who sounded fulfilled added that the performance also showcased that his administration has been able to fulfil a sustainable football culture they promised Nigerians.
“Looking at the team that just played Atletico Madrid, it gladdens my heart to see that after Russia, we certainly have the players that will also do us proud in 2022 and even 2026,” Pinnick, as quoted by the NFF official website.
He added, “I am very happy because our big mission statement on assuming office was to build a sustainable football culture for Nigeria.
“From what we have seen today, our future at the senior national team level is secured. And given what we are doing at the youth level, with our U13 and U15 programs, it means that the supply chain is strong enough to sustain even the junior teams, from where the senior players will emerge.”
The Super Eagles main team have opened training camp for the World Cup billed for next month. The team will be playing Congo DR in a friendly match on May 28 before locking horns with the Three Lions of England in a friendly in Wembley four days later.