Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi has begged Nigerians to have patience with the team after failing to beat two minnows in a row.
In their first 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Super Eagles were stunned by a lowly-rated Lesotho with a 1-1 draw at Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
When most football enthusiasts thought the country would bounce back in their second 2026 World Cup qualifiers which was against Zimbabwe in their adopted home, Rwanda, the Super Eagles still drew 1-1.
The most disheartening aspect of the draw was that the Nigerian team had to come from a goal down to fight for a draw instead of showing their dominance against the minnows.
After the game against the Zimbabwean team, most fans of the Super Eagles have been very critical of the team and are even claiming that the Nigerian side are gradually losing out on the qualification series.
However, Alex Iwobi who played in the two qualification games, has urged the Super Eagles fans to be patient with the team and blamed the team’s performance on the hours spent on flights for the two games.
“Of course, it’s disappointing we should be able to get more points and more goals. We will not dwell on this; we will push and fight to the end to make sure we qualify”, Alex Iwobi said.
“He already (the coach) said the travel was a lot for us. After the first game, we had to fly for four hours and another three hours. As players, we shouldn’t use that as an excuse and we have a lot of quality in the side. Like the coach said, the first half wasn’t good enough but the second was better so we have to look at that and see what we can do better to improve.
“It’s just the beginning, I’ll urge the Nigerian fans to stick by us because we will continue to fight”.
After the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, 2024, the Super Eagles will resume their 2026 World Cup qualifiers campaign against South Africa on June 24 in Nigeria.