Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has stressed the importance of a victory ahead of their clash with Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Reeling from a defeat by Lesotho, the Nigerian Super Eagles captain Kenneth Emeruo has fired warning shots at the Zimbabwe Warriors: “We are on a redemption mission; a serious business is what we have come for,” said Kenneth Omeruo. pic.twitter.com/7rvnwpT2k8
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Jose Peseiro's men had a disappointing start to their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Despite being the overwhelming favourites on paper, they had to fight back in order to salvage a point in Thursday's opener against Lesotho.
As it stands, South Africa's Bafana Bafana currently lead the Group C standings with three points; while the teams ranked second to fifth are all tied with one point.
Although there are still nine games left to play, the Super Eagles can't afford to drop more points. Peseiro's side have a tricky fixture ahead of them; as they make the trip to Huye Stadium in Butare on Sunday.
Interestingly, Kenneth Omeruo isn't particularly pleased with the state of the pitch. However, the Kasimpasa player has insisted that the Super Eagles shouldn't be bothered with the turf; as their focus should be on getting three valuable points.
It's important to point out that the Super Eagles are the bookies' favourites ahead of Sunday's clash with Zimbabwe. These teams last met in June 2019 in a friendly match, where they played out a goalless draw.
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The last encounter between Zimbabwe and the Super Eagles in a competitive fixture was back in February 2014, in the knockout stages of the African Nations Championship. Nigeria won that match by a lone goal.
While the Super Eagles are on a six-match unbeaten run ahead of Sunday's game, Zimbabwe managed one win in their last 15 matches. That said, anything other than a victory for Peseiro's men would be a surprise.
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