Yakubu Ayegbeni stays positive about Nigeria’s opportunities of receiving the 2022 Fifa World Cup regardless of being stunned by the Central African Republic in Lagos.
Parading a team controlled by local-based specialists, the Wild Beasts got a 1-0 success over the Super Eagles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, with super-sub Karl Namnganda getting a last-gasp winner.
On Sunday, nevertheless, the three-time African kings avenged their defeat in Douala, suppressing Raoul Savoy’s guys 2-0 thanks to Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen, who discovered the web in the very first half.
The result left Rohr’s guys as Group C leaders – in contention for a third-round ticket – having actually accumulated 9 points from 4 matches.
And the previous Everton and Portsmouth star is positive the three-time African kings will be amongst the 32 groups to include in Qatar, pointing out the depth of quality in Rohr’s team.
“I think when any country wants to play Nigeria, they always give more and it gets tough,” Ayegbeni informed Fifa in a video offered to Goal.
“We may have lost one video game, however I still think we’ve got an opportunity to receive the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
“I believe with the gamers we have in the group like [Wilfred] Ndidi along with [Victor] Osimhen the striker, we have an opportunity to certify.
“I’m not scared but I know we’ll qualify because we’ve got the players. We’ve struggled in the past to qualify for the World Cup, but I think with this team and the way they play now, and the countries they’re playing against now, I think we’ve got chances to pull through.”
Fifa legend Ayegbeni – who is the third-highest goalscorer in Nigeria football history – included in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which experience has actually stuck with him.
“I worked so hard to be at the South Africa World Cup,” he continued.
“It’s a dream as a gamer you wish to play in those huge competitions. You wish to play there at the World Cup and for me, to get the chance to be in South Africa – the very first African nation to host the World Cup is a pleasure for me.
“I understood that was the last World Cup for me since I was nearly 29, 30 and the next one was going to remain in 4 years.
“It’s a fantastic memory for each gamer all over the world. You wish to bet your nation. You see the very best gamers, you bet the very best gamers, the environment boggles the mind.
“For me to be there, it’s a moment I’ll never forget – to play for my country at the World Cup, and score goals as well. I scored one and I missed one, it’s part of the game!”