Nigeria set to dive back into big games
It can often be hard to bounce straight back from disappointment, but that’s exactly what Nigeria are going to be doing over the course of the next few months. While they’ll have to wait another few years to begin their journey back towards the World Cup in the form of qualifying, the African Cup of Nations is only a year away – and as it stands, Nigeria have some work to do. They currently find themselves in 3rd place in Group E, needing to rise up into the top two in order to secure their qualification. It’s going to be extremely tricky for them to pull it off, if only because these games against their fellow African sides wind up being so unbelievably unpredictable.
Most of the Nigerian first teasers will be heading straight back into domestic football over the next few weeks, and really, that’s the best possible thing for them right now. A loss like the one against Argentina is bound to keep some of them up at night and you need to be able to handle that in the best way – which is getting your head down and playing for your club on a weekly basis. Then, eventually, you can get back to the realms of International football. Sure, these opportunities don’t come around all too often, but these next few years before we start gearing up for Qatar will fly by as they always seem to. Next up for the Super Eagles on the international stage will be a clash against Seychelles on September 7th which, by all accounts, is a game they should be winning quite convincingly.
They’ve got a surge of high profile attacking players in their line-up that should be more than capable of handling those types of games, and while nothing is guaranteed in African football, calming the tempo of a game down is something that the majority of their nations aren’t able to do in an effective manner. Back to back games against Libya will be up next, in a fascinating format as the two nations go head to head in games that are three days apart (October 10th and October 13th). As bizarre as that sounds it’s something that could easily make or break their campaign, with a win in the first game hopefully giving them the momentum to move forward into two more crucial encounters against South Africa (November 16th) and Seychelles again (March 2019).