Nigeria withdraw from Futsal World Cup

The Nigeria Football Federation has withdrawn the Nigerian Futsal team from the race to the World Cup which will be hosted in Thailand in November.

The team, coached by ex-international Oladunni Oyekale, were expected to host Egypt in a return-leg qualifying fixture on Saturday in Lagos but the football body said on Tuesday that the match would not hold due to paucity of fund.

Nigeria lost 8-2 to Egypt in Cairo a fortnight ago and would need to beat the North Africans by a six-goal margin to book a slot at the World Cup.

A source in the NFF however told journalist that the withdrawal was due to the NFF’s scepticism on Nigeria’s chances to beat Egypt.

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“It is partly due to lack of fund but the main reason is the slim chance of beating Egypt in Lagos,” the source said.

The source added that there was little faith in the team after the wide goal margin, saying the team were hurriedly selected for the tournament.

“The players were hurriedly selected from a Five-A-Side competition in Lagos. We don’t really have a stand-by Futsal team like Egypt,” he said

Source – Punch

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