‘Nigeria’s Failure To Qualify For Qatar World Cup A Very Big Absence’ —Blatter
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has described the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup as a very big absence.
The Eagles lost to bitter rivals Black Stars of Ghana in the playoffs back in March.
After a goalless draw in the first-leg in Kumasi, the Black Stars held the Eagles to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Abuja.
And in a telephone chat with popular Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana, Blatter expressed his disappointment that the Eagles failed to qualify.
““I have to tell you that I am very disappointed that the Super Eagles are not at the Qatar 2022 World Cup,” Blatter said.
“How can a big country like Nigeria not be in Qatar? It is a very big absence. I am not happy at all about this.”
On the quality of football at this year’s World Cup, Blatter said:“The football is not extraordinary. But it is certainly not bad football. Teams from CAF and CONMEBOL can play at any time of the year. This is not so for the UEFA teams.”
The Swiss berated Europeans countries for their criticism of the timing of the Qatar World Cup.
He added:“The FIFA World Cup is not the privilege of the Northern Hemisphere. We should not stick to a June/July World Cup calendar because of Europe. The World Cup does not belong to Europe.
“They (UEFA) need to adapt to the realities of the present and not think that they are entitled to have everything. There is pressure from new countries to change things, especially the Arab countries. And they have the economic power [to push their agenda].
“Football has two billion followers and the game has to be played within the geo-political structures of our world.”
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