RADES, TUNISIA- FEBRUARY 11: Portrait of George Abbey of Nigeria taken prior to the African Nations Cup 2004 Semi-Final match between Tunisia and Nigeria held at the Olympic Stadium on February 11, 2004 in Rades, Tunisia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


Former Super Eagles right-back, George Abbey has disclosed that the Super Eagles never showed zeal during the Germany 2006 World Cup qualifiers, reports.

Abbey, now a fitness coach based in the UK, was part of the qualifying series of that failed World Cup qualifying race and he pointed out that they lost the ticket in Luanda during the reverse fixture in Kano.

“With due respect, the players fielded in the first leg that we lost in Angola were not as solid as the ones that were used in Kano. And even in Kano, we were not used to playing there; we initially played all our games in Abuja and we won, only for us to change the venue for the last game which was crucial. To me, we made a wrong move and it cost us the ticket,” Abbey stated during a live Instagram session with the Super Eagles media team.

Abbey, however, stated that it was a lesson that was learned painfully and he is still hurt about the miss to the World Cup in 2006.