Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick is looking ahead to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
With the Super Eagles boasting one of the youngest squads amongst the 32 participating countries in Russia, Pinnick has predicted that the current squad will perform better in the next four years.
”It is not the number of merchandising, marketing or funds coming through sponsorship, it is the fact that we have a young team, we have a young team that can play two Nations Cup conveniently, we have a young team that can play two World Cups,” said Pinnick to Channels Television
” Look at Victor Osimhen, look at the Nwakalis, just look at those players, Tyronne, Brian lots of them, Kelechi and Ndidi. Look at the statistics, Nigeria is the youngest team going to this World Cup.
”I keep saying to my colleagues and we joke about it. That our team will be better prepared for the 2022 World Cup than this World Cup.
”I believe we are going to spring a surprise at this World Cup because there is one thing that counts for the Super Eagles right now, team spirit.”
According to Swiss-based independent study centre CIES Football Observatory, Super Eagles of Nigeria fielded the youngest team during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with an average age of 24.9 years.