Former Nigeria striker Ndubisi Chukunyere claims the ‘harsh’ weather circumstances in Abuja halted the Super Eagles’ ambition to defeat Ghana.
Having settled for a 0-0 attract the first leg performed in the Baba Yara Stadium, the three-time African kings wanted a win to safe a 2022 World Cup berth.
Nevertheless, the African traditional staged at the MKO Abiola Stadium ended 1-1 with William Troost-Ekong cancelling out Thomas Partey’s opener.
Still saddened over his nation lacking out on the international soccer showpiece, the ex-Hibernians purpose machine is of the view the showdown ought to have been performed at evening – when the weather is cool.
“I think the weather played a major role in the result against Ghana,” Chukunyere informed GOAL.
“Many of our gamers have been affected by that, they acquired drained shortly and couldn’t transfer correctly.
“If you observe, Calvin Bassey was asking the technical crew to substitute him.”
“This is not about fitness,” he continued. “They are very match and these guys play below a lot conducive weather in Europe, however the harsh weather in Abuja affected them so badly.
“The game could have been played around 8 pm when everywhere is cool. This is one of the things we need to correct in future.”
In the wake of the failed mission to Qatar, Nigeria Football Federation fired the technical crew that boasts Joseph Yobo and Emmanuel Amuneke.
“Do we ever resign in Africa? They will never resign and I don’t expect them to resign,” he added
“I anticipated them to sack the technical crew of the Super Eagles and so they have carried out simply that. We are used to it and there’s nothing we will do about it.”
While counting the Super Eagles’ losses, he suggests what wants to be carried out in a bid to bounce again for World Cup 2026.
“Not participating in the World Cup is a step backwards for Nigerian football, but there is nothing we can do about it because the damage has already been done,” affirmed the 42-year-old.
“All we must always do is study from our errors, and take into consideration what we will do higher and the way we will enhance from the gamers down to these in the Nigeria Football Federation.
“This is not a time to blame anyone because the Super Eagles’ failure is not just because of one person – we all played a role in that. Every stakeholder must now sit up and ensure we avoid a repeat of this disaster.”