Thursday May 24, 2018. 09:30
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick says the Super Eagles have a team for the future, following the fine showing of the ‘B’ national team in a friendly against Atletico Madrid earlier in the week.
Nigeria fielded a mix of local and European-based players for their GOTV Max Cup match against the Spanish giants in Uyo on Tuesday, many of whom represent the country at junior international level.
Despite losing the game 3-2 to the new UEFA Europa League champions, Nigeria ‘B’ put in a performance which has Pinnick excited for the future.
“The result is not what mattered, what mattered was that we have been able to show the world that we have a solid youth team that is capable of taking over from the present squad going to the World Cup next month,” the NFF president told the organisation’s website.
“I am very happy because our big mission statement on assuming office was to build a sustainable football culture for Nigeria. From what we have seen, our future at the senior national team level is secured.
“Given what we are doing at the youth level, with our U-13 and U-15 programs, it means that the supply chain is strong enough to sustain even the junior teams, from where the senior players will emerge.”
Pinnick added: “We are confident that from the preparatory plan that we have put together for the Super Eagles leading to the finals in Russia, and having taken care of off-field matters that may cause distraction, the team will do Nigeria proud in Russia.
“Looking at the team that just played Atletico Madrid, it gladdens my heart to see that after Russia, we certainly have the players that will also do us proud in 2022 and even 2026.”