Nigeria’s 4-0 friendly loss to Portugal caps off a miserable 2022 for Jose Peseiro and his squad, who’ll now be left to watch the World Cup from home.

The team started the Africa Cup of Nations on a good footing but failed to survive when the chips were down.

Hopes were high surrounding the Nigerian national team following their pairing with Ghana in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The first game in Kumasi ended 0-0 before Ghana drew 1-1 at Moshood Abiola Stadium, confirming Super Eagles’ absence from the tournament in Qatar. The result saw the Super Eagles miss the World Cup, an unthinkable reality 28 years ago.

In the first two games of Jose Peseiro, the Super Eagles lost to Ecuador and Mexico respectively. Things didn’t look too positive in games against Algeria and Portugal.

Peseiro and his squad will now have to dig deep ahead of their 2023 commitments.

Nigeria games in 2022

11/01/22 Nigeria 1 – 0 Egypt
15/01/22 Nigeria 3 – 1 Sudan
19/01/22 Guinea-Bissau 0 – 2 Nigeria
23/01/22 Nigeria 0 – 1 Tunisia
25/03/22 Ghana 0 – 0 Nigeria
29/03/22 Nigeria 1 – 1 Ghana
29/05/22 Mexico 2 – 1 Nigeria
03/06/22 Ecuador 1 – 0 Nigeria
09/06/22 Nigeria 2 – 1 Sierra Leone
13/06/22 São Tomé e Príncipe 0 – 10 Nigeria
27/09/22 Algeria 2 – 1 Nigeria
17/11/22 Portugal 4 – 0 Nigeria

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