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‘We can’t throw in the towel’: Finidi defiant as Super Eagles face World Cup disaster


SUPER Eagles head coach Finidi George has insisted that his side can still qualify for the 2026 World Cup despite a record poor start to the qualifying campaign.

The three-time African champions were the favourites to secure the only ticket available to their qualifying group but are languishing in fifth spot, second from bottom, after failing to win any of their first four matches.

The Super Eagles had drawn their first three African qualifying Group C fixtures against Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa but their campaign took a turn for the worse when they were beaten by Benin Republic 2-1 in Abijdan, Cote d’Ivoire yesterday.

Finidi, who was a key member of the Super Eagles squad that qualified for Nigeria’s first World Cup back in 1994, admitted that his side were struggling but insisted that they would not give up hope of reaching the 2026 edition in the United States of America, Mexico and Canada.

“There is no special formula for winning, we have to see how we can get the best out of the players,” the former Enyimba head coach said in his post-match interview.

“Everybody must be committed and with that commitment, I believe we will win games. And if we can win games, the battle will still be there.

“We can’t throw in the towel because we have only three points, we have to find a way to get these players back in a way they can perform.”

Finidi has now taken charge of four games as Super Eagles head coach since he replaced Jose Peseiro, at first on a caretaker basis.

Under the former Ajax winger’s guidance, the Super Eagles have won one match, drawn one and lost two.

The Super Eagles are fifth in their six-team qualifying group, four points adrift of leaders Benin Republic after four rounds of matches.

Only one team will automatically qualify from the group and the Super Eagles now have to win their six remaining matches to even stand any chance of earning that sole ticket.

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