NFF President Visits Injured Super Eagles Trio Ahead of 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

By Milcah Tanimu

Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has embarked on a visit to Europe to meet with some injured players of the Super Eagles who are currently recuperating from injuries.

This visit comes as Nigeria prepares to face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Benin Republic’s Cheetahs in the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for June.

During his trip, Gusau met with PAOK central defender William Troost-Ekong, Porto fullback Zaidu Sanusi, and Nantes winger Moses Simon. Discussions centered on the significance of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

Unfortunately, both Simon and Zaidu have sustained season-ending injuries, ruling them out of contention for the June internationals. Simon suffered a fractured fibula during Nigeria’s match against Mali on March 26, while Zaidu underwent surgery after sustaining knee ligament injuries during a game for Porto in February.

Troost-Ekong, who was named the Player of the Tournament in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, played through injury during the tournament in Ivory Coast. He underwent surgery upon his return to Europe.

Despite the setbacks, Nigeria remains focused on the upcoming qualifiers, with a match against South Africa scheduled for June 7 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, followed by a clash with Benin at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Gusau’s visit underscores the NFF’s commitment to supporting and engaging with players, particularly during times of injury and recovery.


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