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Nigeria fans must accept Cape Verde draw was mission accomplished – Obuh

19:47 GMT+3 17/11/2021
Odion Ighalo - Nigeria
Gernot Rohr’s men secured a hard-fought point to advance to the final round of qualification for next year’s global competition

Former Nigeria U17 and U20 coach John Obuh said the Super Eagles achieved their target of a draw against Cape Verde Islands after settling for 1-1 in their final group match of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

After beating Liberia 2-0 in Tangier on Saturday, Nigeria were focused on avoiding a defeat against the Blues Sharks on Tuesday to progress to the play-off stage as Group C leaders.

Victor Osimhen’s early strike was cancelled out by Stopira in the sixth minute as both teams struggled to net a winner at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Obuh, in his reaction to the result, urged the fans to accept the draw as he expects the Super Eagles to improve on their performance ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in January and the World Cup play-offs in March 2022.

“They have qualified and that's the mission. I'm sure they will work on whatever that they did not get right in the game,” Obuh told GOAL.

“They went for a draw and they got it. If a win was what we were looking for to qualify, they would definitely go all out to secure the three points.

“The issue is, I think before they played the game they knew that a draw would push them through so I remember some time ago in Nigeria when we were looking for outright three points and we lost that particular match, not knowing that a draw was better for us. Although we could not get three points yesterday, a draw gave us something similar to a win.

“Let's accept the draw and we can look forward to improving the team as we prepare for the play-offs and the Afcon.”

Obuh, who led the Golden Eaglets to a second-place finish at the 2009 Fifa U17 World Cup on home soil, believes Rohr is making progress at the helm of the Super Eagles despite criticism about his team’s performance.

“I think the coach is still on track and he just needs to deal with some certain issues that only him will know because he is the one in charge of the team,” the 61-year-old added.

“As for the players, he has more than enough players to turn the performance around.”