President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau has assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles will take the match against Sao Tome and Principe seriously, in spite already securing 2024 AFCON qualification.
The Super Eagles will on Sunday lock horns with Sao Tome and Principe in a dead rubber 2024 AFCON qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
Gusau gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja when the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), National President, Isaiah Benjamin led a delegation on a courtesy visit to his office.
The NFF boss told newsmen after the visit that that the Federation will leave no stone unturned to ensure victory for the team.
“I want to assure you by the grace of God, in spite of the fact that we have already qualified for the AFCON, we still have the integrity to protect of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“I know the players also have that at the back of their minds and by the grace of God we are going to come out victorious on Sunday, Insha Allah,” he said.
Gusau said the match will also serve as preparation for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers scheduled to commence in November.
“As you are aware the coach has invited the best players for the match, which a lot of people were even looking at it that it doesn’t warrant that.
“But don’t forget we still have a very big task ahead of us, which is the World Cup qualifiers, which starts in November.
“After this match we don’t have any time to bring the Super Eagles players together again.
“So it’s imperative for the coach to have the best team at his disposal, so that he can make sure he has a team that can face the next challenge,” he said.
The Super Eagles will commence their 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho on Nov. 13.
Earlier, SWAN president, Isaiah Benjamin said the visit was meant to strengthen the synergy between the NFF and SWAN.
“Based on your track records in the football circle even before becoming NFF President, we have no doubt that you will deliver. It will be my joy that we work and achieve success together.
He reiterated SWAN’s commitment to professional and balanced reportage of NFF’s activities, while stressing the need for all hands to be on deck to take football to the next height in the country.