Following the 1-1 draw between the Super Eagles and Zimbabwe in the second 2026 World Cup qualifiers, coach Jose Peseiro attributed the disappointing result to various factors. Peseiro highlighted the long flight from Nigeria to Rwanda, stating that the team lost considerable energy during the journey. Additionally, he pointed out that injuries to key players, including Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Samuel Chukwueze, contributed to the team’s subpar performance.
Expressing the challenges faced by the team, Peseiro remarked, “The players have not had a good rest. The draw was better but I can’t say anything more. The first half was bad and the second half was better. The off energy from my team was much.”
Despite the setbacks, Peseiro remains confident in the team’s capabilities, noting, “Injuries can happen in the national team, Ndidi, Osimhen, Zaidu, Taiwo, and a lot were missing, but I think we have enough team.” The Super Eagles, currently holding the second position in Group C with two points, aim to regroup and improve their performance in the ongoing World Cup qualification series.