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Go for early goals: Sports minister urges Super Eagles in encounter with Bafana Bafana in Uyo

"I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half"

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With the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in full swing, the Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, has called on the Super Eagles to shift their focus from their recent African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and score early goals in the first half in their encounter with Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The Eagles are set to battle Bafana Bafana on Friday, June 7, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

The match will kick off at 8 p.m. local time.

According to the minister, Nigeria must approach the tie as a crucial one, as a victory will put the team back on track for qualification.

He said: “The FIFA World Cup is the biggest showpiece in football, and we cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup again.

“The disappointment of missing the last tournament, especially after the disappointing home match against the Black Stars, must drive us to ensure we qualify this time.”

Enoh urged all stakeholders, including players, coaches, and support staff, to be fully committed to the qualification campaign.

He added: “All hands must be on deck to ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup. I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half.

“The upcoming match against South Africa is critical; the players need to put the AFCON glory behind them and concentrate fully on this task.

“Early goals will be key to taking control of the game and ensuring a less-pressured second half.”

According to a statement by Diana-Mary Nsan, Special Assistant Media to the Minister, Enoh expressed confidence in the Super Eagles’ ability to rise to the occasion and secure a much-needed victory.

“We have the talent, the passion, and the support of millions of Nigerians. Let’s channel that into a winning performance and take a significant step towards World Cup qualification,” Persecondnews quotes Enoh as saying.

Currently, Nigeria has two points from two games and is third in their group of six teams.

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