By Nathaniel Mobolade.

The failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the Qatar 2022 world has been described as an economic loss to the world Football Governing body, FIFA and Nike, the official kit sponsors of the Super Eagles.

This was the view of Parliamentarians of Sports Parliament on NTA Network anchored by sports veteran Chief Segun Odegbami on Thursday 14th April 2022 and monitored by in Jos.

One of the parliamentarian, Mr Iddy Uyou,stated that the Economic value of Nigeria is 480 billion dollars in 2021 more than the five(5) African qualifiers whose combined value is at 317 billion dollars.

Mr Uyuo further said the failure will take the shine off the tourism and other essential services outside football.

That the Fifa, Host country and sponsors always rely on the population of Nigerian fans at every edition of the World cup because of every five fans,four are Nigerians.

The Parliamentarians further maintained that the absence of the Super Eagles will negatively affect the sponsors and Beverage companies who would have tripled their profits during the Mundial.

On the kits for the Super Eagles, that in 2018 fans pre-ordered the Nigerian jersey which sold 3 million pieces less than four(4) minutes of its production. That the company had estimated a 10 million sales at this Year’s event which is not to be now because of the failure to qualify for the Qatar world cup.

On the NFF President Amaju Pinnicks” stance that qualifying for the World cup is our birthright,the parliamentarians faulted this statement that Brazil as 5 time winners are more significant.Though FIFA needs African teams for the commercial reasons than football because of the fans and the side attractions they bring to the event.

It was stated that African teams need to up their game to earn more slots as no African country has ever gone past the quarter finals, even as the prize money for winners has been increased to 50 million dollars.

The Parliamentarians through the Speaker, Chief Segun Odegbami, agreed that football authorities in Nigeria should get their acts together administratively and look beyond the entertainment aspect buy see football as a commercial enterprise which should be keyed into.

That facilities should be upgraded to earn respect for the African continent, and the NFF should stop depending on government subvention but see it as business that will yield profit.

Finally, the Parliamentarians urged Nigerians to support the African teams that qualified for the World cup. That Journalists should not see Super Eagles failure as a loss but can go to the Mundial and cover other side attractions of the World cup.

The Parliamentarians at the sitting which focused on *The Economic Impact of Nigeria’s Absence from 2022 FIFA World Cup:Why It Matters* included the Speaker Chief Segun Odegbami (Speaker),Mr Iddy Uyuo, Waheed Ekun, Kweku Tandoh, Onome Archibishop and Satish Sekar.


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