Okumagba recounts his worst moment as a football supporter

..Canvasses unity of Supporters Club

Photo : President African Supporters Union Mama joy Chauke (right), Vincent Okumagba, Vice President African Supporters Union (second right) and others.

The Founder and President of Super Eagles Supporters Club (SESC), Vincent Okumagba has expressed his grief following the Super Eagles’ disappointing performance during the June FIFA window World Cup qualifiers, describing the experience as one of his worst moments as a football supporter.

Speaking with newsmen after returning from Abidjan, Ivory Coast where Nigeria lost away 1-2 to Benin Republic, the SESC boss said “this is one of my worst moment as a football supporter, after drawing just one point from two straight matches both home and away, I felt they would give everything to get result in Uyo, we mobilized members nationwide to be in Uyo for the match only to witness a lackluster performance from the team.”

He added that “more painful is losing to Benin republic on Monday at the away match. Now the qualifications for the world cup have almost gone out in flames. We are very disappointed. This is neither the team nor the result we hoped for.”

The Super Eagles secured only one point from a possible six, drawing 1-1 with South Africa in Uyo and losing 1-2 to Benin Republic in Abidjan in their third and fourth games of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

These results leave the Super Eagles with just three points from a possible twelve in their quest to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Okumagba however commended the level of support shown by the Beninois during the World cup qualifying match in Abidjan while advocating for unity among the already estranged football supporters clubs in Nigeria.

“We saw the unity the Benin supporters showed yesterday when everyone adorned the same attire , this is exactly what we need in this country right now and the football authority should do everything to achieve this.
There are too many divisions and distractions in our football that have become a clog in their wheel of progress.”

He concluded by saying that “we are disappointed, but we are still hopeful that the Eagles will get it right in subsequent matches.”

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