2026 WCQ: Iwobi says it’s not over for Eagles, blame Zimbabwe players antics for the draw
After the Super Eagles of Nigeria managed to pick just two points in their opening games of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, midfielder Alex Iwobi has said the team will fight to the end.
1-1 draws vs Lesotho and Zimbabwe have put Nigeria in a chase of South Africa who could go four points clear with victory over Rwanda on Tuesday.
After the 1-1 draw Vs Zimbabwe on Sunday, November 19, at the Huye Stadium, Iwobi who was in action for the Super Eagles expressed disappointment with the outcome but is not giving up yet.
“We’re disappointed with the players we have, Nigeria is a country with a lot of quality players, we should have been able to get more points and goals,” the Fulham FC midfielder said.
“We won’t dwell on this, we’ll keep fighting till the very end to make sure we qualify.”
“He [Head Coach Jose Peseiro ] has already said the travel was a lot for us, after the game [against Lesotho] we had to fly four hours then another three-hour coach down here which was not easy but as a player, we should not use that as an excuse,” he said.
On the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matchday two game vs Zimbabwe, Iwobi said the time-wasting antics of the Warriors affected the Super Eagles.
“Of course, they had the tactics to try and waste time to disrupt our tempo of the game so it favored them,” the former Everton player stated.
“Credit to them. They are a good side but I feel like with the players we have we should have done much better.” the midfielder remarked.
The Super Eagles will take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their next game of the qualifiers in 2024.
Attention now shifts to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament which gets underway in Ivory Coast in two months' time.