Former captain and the assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, has said that it will be disastrous for African football if Nigeria is paired against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in the 2022 World Cup play-offs slated for next year.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria alongside Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Senegal, Mali, Algeria, Tunisia, Cameroon and DR Congo have all qualified for the final play offs in the African zone.
And given that Nigeria’s fate currently hangs in the balance, Yobo believes that both Nigeria and Senegal are great countries and it would be a minus if any of them is not in Qatar for the Mundial next year.
“Looking at it from the perspective of Senegal and Nigeria, one of the top teams in Africa, so why would you want to merge the two?
“If one misses out, which I know Nigeria won’t, because we can stand to them but these are two big footballing nations with top players. It will be nice for the best teams to represent Africa at the international stage.
“We are talking about the World Cup and that for me is the pinnacle of world football, I know what that is. If Nigeria or Senegal does not go, that is short one for Africa.”
The erstwhile Everton and Fernabache defender further noted that football unites Africa and that if any Africa nation progresses into the knockout statge of the World Cup, other countries would rally round them and support them to go farther.