Ex Super Eagles skipper Sunday Oliseh says the Super Eagles can’t afford not to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The former Juventus and Ajax Amsterdam star insisted the country is already behind many nations in Africa, and failure to secure qualifications to the 2026 World Cup would be a final nail to the coffin of the round leather game in Nigeria.
Recalled the three-time African champions failed to qualify for the 2022 edition in Qatar, losing out to Black Stars of Ghana in the playoff.
“Nigeria football will be all but dead if we failed to qualify for the next World Cup,” Oliseh said in an interview on ARISE TV on Monday
“We’re already behind many countries because we didn’t qualify (for Qatar 2022) and we’re farther behind because we didn’t participate in this World Cup.
“Football is a religion in this country, but when you don’t have a solid league, you cannot have a good national team.”
The 46-team World Cup will be held in USA, Mexico and Canada in 2026.