Former Super Eagles midfielder Edema Fuludu has described Super Eagles’ performance in the return leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Playoffs against the Black Stars of Ghana as lethargic  and argued that Austin Eguavoen was not the problem of the team.



The team tutored by Eguavoen fell short of the expected outright victory over eternal regional rivals on the away-goal rule after the match ended 1-1 which automatically ended their World Cup dreams.



Arsenal star Thomas Partey put the Ghanaians ahead with a shot from 20 yards on 10 minutes into the derby before Watford of England defender William Ekong pulled the Nigerians level from the spot after Ademola Lookman was fouled in the box.



Both sides had earlier played out a barren draw in the first leg in Kumasi last Friday.


Ghana has joined Senegal,  Cameroon,  Morocco and Tunisia as the five representatives from Africa to the global fiesta which begins in November this year.


An obviously disappointed Fuludu said, “it’s very disappointing, I’m  very unhappy and very annoyed. Nigerians are not happy. Football can very unpredictable. What we thought was a game that we would just wrapped up after a draw in Kumasi turned into a nightmare for us. It’s very, very unfortunate ” he lamented.



” I think the Eagles were lethargic.”, he continued,  “They took it for granted that we have qualified and that is what happened. Because when they shocked us after that early goal, we needed to react but the reverse was the case.”



On the way forward the team ahead of new challenges,  Fuludu was unequivocal as he stated that the issues around the team’s poor show in Abuja was beyond Coach Eguavoen.


“Eguavoen and his technical crew are not the problem,  we have deeper inner problems bedevilling our football. Going forward certainly,  there should be total reform in our football system so that we can look inward and develop our leagues properly.  We need players who can play very well here who are hungry, very hungry to get succes” he emphasised, “If you play players who are very comfortable and are not hungry for success, we will continue to have issues like this. So we must look inward to make the Super Eagles competitive”, he concluded.






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