'That would be his last chance' - Ex-PSG star warns Peseiro he faces the music if points are dropped v WarriorsPublished: November 19, 2023
Former Paris Saint-Germain central defender Godwin Okpara has warned Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro that he risks being fired from his job as national team boss if points are dropped in this afternoon's 2026 World Cup qualifying match against Zimbabwe.
Nigeria began their qualifying campaign with an embarrassing 1-1 draw against lowly-ranked Lesotho in front of their supporters at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Thursday and would be walking a tightrope if results don't go their way in the second round of matches in Group C.
With many Super Eagles fans and pundits calling for Peseiro's head after the draw versus Lesotho, Okpara expressed concerns over the form of the national team under the guidance of the Portuguese football tactician.
Okpara, a member of the Super Eagles squad to the 1998 World Cup, stressed that it's very important not to have to depend on the results of other teams to qualify for the tournament holding in Canada, Mexico and United States.
"We are playing against Zimbabwe, that would be his last chance. If he doesn't do anything he doesn't deserve to coach Nigeria It all depends on him, we don't need to tell him what to do," Okpara said to Daniel Osondu.
"The players have to go all out there and do well, get the three points. We don't want a situation that we will start counting, if they draw, if this team draw for us to qualify.
"Look at our group. Are you telling me we have to be struggling in that group to qualify? We still have South Africa and Benin. South Africa beat Benin today and they were home, Benin is not an easy team.
"If you're playing home and you cannot grab your three points against Lesotho, where are you going to grab your three points then, is it against South Africa?
"The game against Zimbabwe is not going to be easy. I heard the Zimbabwe team have an issue of pay or no payment."
Nigeria and Zimbabwe will clash at the Huye Stadium from 1400 hours Nigerian time and victory on Sunday will take the Super Eagles to four points with the campaign one-fifth of the way gone.
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