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Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022



Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022

Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar may not be surrounded by good press, with the Middle-Eastern nation certainly uprooting the status quo of host nations.

Not only was the country’s football presence quaint, to say the least, but the whole nation only homes 2.8 million people in a relatively tiny area of 11,571 km2.

Regardless, Qatar 2022 is happening, and the Gulf Cooperation Council nation is on track to have everything ready for the biggest single-sport competition in the world.

While European leagues will have to adjust their schedules to suit the 21 November start date, African players are familiar with joining their countries to compete for major silverware in the winter months, thanks to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Approaching the revamped qualifying stages for the 2022 World Cup, there’s a sense of optimism around several African teams, particularly Nigeria.

With a strong team and an environment that many of Europe’s finest players won’t be accustomed to, the hype is growing for the Super Eagles’ chances of going to Qatar and finding success in the Gulf.

Sizing up the Super Eagles for World Cup conquest

Nigeria impressed at the 2018 World Cup, with head coach Gernot Rohr coming in after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON to quickly commence a revolution.

Despite being drawn in Africa’s veritable group of death – against Cameroon, Algeria, and Zambia – the resurgent team soared.

On the big stage, even though the results read one win and two losses, Nigeria put up a great fight against Argentina, Croatia, and defeated Iceland – while also sporting the best kit of the competition.

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In 2019, Nigeria settled for a third-place finish in the AFCON, losing to eventual champions Algeria in the semi-finals, but conquering fellow 2018 World Cup nation Tunisia in the third-place play-off.

Now, those looking at the teams battling for a place in Qatar often bring Nigeria into the fold, with the nation seemingly being in the midst of a golden generation.

According to valuations, all 13 of Nigeria’s most valuable players right now are 26-years-old or younger.

Headlining the Super Eagles are defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and striker Victor Osimhen.

However, Nigeria is far more than a two-person team. There’s youth and flair down either wing with Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze, as well as ample competition up top.

Genk’s Paul Onuachu can’t stop scoring (27 goals in 31 games so far this season), Emmanuel Dennis is getting Bundesliga game time, and Kelechi Iheanacho continues to improve his ability in the Premier League.

Also, mix in the promising full-backs Zaidu Sanusi and Ola Aina, wingers Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Samuel, Kalu, Ahmed Musa, and Victor Moses, as well as centre-backs William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Kevin Akpoguma, and you’ve got a deep and strong pool from which Rohr can craft a team.

The qualifying group of Cape Verde, Central African Republic, and Liberia shouldn’t pose a problem for the Super Eagles overall, but come in with just enough ability to force Nigeria to give them respect.

After the groups, though, the ten winners will go into a final two-leg qualification tie.

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Still, Nigeria’s current FIFA Ranking as the fifth-best in Africa means that they’re more likely to encounter a perceivably weaker side to qualify.

Sizing up the Qatar World Cup as an occasion to remember

Qatar 2022 will be unique, regardless of which teams qualify. The relatively tiny World Cup takes place at a different time of the year, requires air-conditioned stadiums, and there will be a mere 46km between Doha and the farther away ground.

Fans are going to be nearby throughout, which the hosts hope will generate an exciting mix of cultures and connections.

Of course, anyone going to the World Cup won’t just be going for the football, with Qatar being a distinctly novel destination. Among the top places of interest in the nation are the Souq Waqif, National Museum, Al Khor Park, Purple Island, and the luxurious Pearl-Qatar.

One of the benefits of it being such a small country is that these sites can be accessed easily, regardless of which stadium Nigeria may be playing in next.

Another huge benefit of downtime is the nearly absurd levels of internet connection in Qatar.

Internet penetration is around 100 per cent, with Doha alone boasting nearly 10,000 WiFi hotspots. A popular use of this massive amount of connectivity is to access online gambling sites.

Football is the most popular sport in the world to bet on, and the best platforms will almost certainly see a spike in football betting en route to and during the 2022 World Cup.

In the Middle-East, as there isn’t a regulatory body, bettors trust Arabian Betting to showcase the safest sites.

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To make the cut here, sites have to prove themselves safe, secure, and entirely trustworthy.

This also includes information regarding VPNs and general mobile use.

Having also tested the betting options and the customer service options, the platform has become the go-to place for Arabian bettors, which will pay off when the world comes to Qatar next year.

The connectivity has also been put to use by businesses dotted around the country: specifically, gaming centre businesses.

Qatar has seen a wave of geek culture over the last few years, causing a massive rise in interest in video gaming. So, the likes of 1UP Gaming Center, Shooters Gaming Center, Store 974, QZone Gaming, and the 360 Gaming Center have popped up to appease the demand in a social setting.

They’ll certainly become a point of interest for travelling World Cup fans.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still quite some way away, with a lot of football to be played first. Still, Nigeria has a strong manager and an ever-improving Golden Generation, allowing Super Eagles fans to feel the hype for the colossal competition to come.

Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022

Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022

Feeling The Hype For The Super Eagles Making It To Qatar 2022

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