Austin Eguavoen, the head coach of the Super Eagles, is already having nightmares about who to pick for the vital Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification play-off against Ghana next month.
On March 24, the Eagles face the Black Stars in Cape Coast, before the two teams meet again three days later at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
On Tuesday night, Eguavoen stated this during the team’s virtual meeting with Sports Minister Sunday Dare and top Nigeria Football Federation officials.
“We have two tough games against Ghana next month, but I’m not too worried because we have a squad that knows it’s a mountain that we have to climb,” Eguavoen stated.
“We have a good headache to deal with – which is a surplus of good players. I want to thank the Government and the NFF for all the support during the AFCON; we will need even greater support for the World Cup play-off.
“It’s always an honour to serve the country. I was impressed with the high level of discipline and commitment of the players at the AFCON in Cameroon, and I feel privileged to lead the group.”
Since 1994, Nigeria has participated in six of the seven possible world cup events, advancing from the group stage three times (1994, 1998 and 2014).
Ghana’s Black Stars have qualified for three FIFA World Cups: 2006, 2010, and 2014.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup saw them advance to the second round. They were only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and they competed in their third World Cup in a row in 2014.