The Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation Seyi Akinwunmi has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking with the media in Abuja on Wednesday, Akinwunmi said the NFF executive committee has set the machinery in motion towards winning the World Cup or at worst making the last four in 2022.
“We want to win the World Cup in 2022 with the young set of boys we are developing,” he said. “Emphasis is on grooming Under-13 and Under-15 players to develop to the next age-grade teams where they will play at the U-17 and U-20 FIFA World Cups.
“Nigeria has the talents to win the World Cup with careful planning like we are doing now. It is very visible to win in 2022 if our project of programming the kids will work accordingly. It will involve a lot of organisation and self-belief.”
He continued: “We have won the World Cup at junior level so why won’t we win the senior one? We shall ensure that the coaches of these young players we are hoping on are real young boys and not over aged. We shall not condone age cheats.”
Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of Lagos State football Association said the NFF may not be able to wipe out age cheats but will fight it to a great extent to help develop the game and meet the set target of winning the world cup in 2022.
On the lessons of the ongoing AFCON which Nigeria is not involved in, the NFF Vice President stated said that the body is studying various aspects with a view to correcting the wrongs that cost the Eagles a place at the fiesta.
Asked if the Adidas kit sponsorship deal is dead, the NFF chief said they will soon reveal Nigeria’s new sponsors, stressing that Adidas don’t seem interested in renewing the deal.