Onyeka: Nigeria ready for South Africa and Benin

Onyeka: Nigeria ready for South Africa and Benin
Brentford's Frank Onyeka celebrates scoring.

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday May 21, 2024. 12:29

Frank Onyeka has revealed Nigeria’s determination to get their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track against South Africa and Benin next month.

The Super Eagles are looking to turn over a new leaf under Finidi George after getting off to a disappointing start in Group C with successive 1-1 draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Jose Peseiro oversaw the first two matches and vacated his post after guiding the team to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final, with assistant coach George eventually named his permanent successor last month.

Onyeka, who played a key role in the West Africans’ run to the AFCON 2023 final, believes the appointment of George as head coach can only benefit the squad and insists they are looking to make amends against Bafana Bafana and the Cheetahs.

“He’s a good coach, good guy, he helped the players during the AFCON and now he’s been appointed as the coach, so I guess everyone is happy,” the Brentford midfielder told Nigerian journalist Tobi Adepoju in an interview.

“In all seriousness, we have to go to that game [against South Africa] with everything because of what it means to us and to the country. Two points from two games is not good, so we need to win our next two games. We’ll give everything and be ready for it.”

Nigeria will come up against a familiar face in Gernot Rohr, who held the reins of the national team for a record five years between 2016 and 2021 but is now in charge of Benin.

“We know Gernot Rohr and it’s not going to be easy,” Onyeka added. “The teams in Africa are not easy to play against, so we’ll go with all seriousness in the hopes that we get the win.”

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