Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick raised the pressure and already high expectations on the Nigerian national team on Tuesday when he said that the Super Eagles will win the World Cup in Russia next year.
The statement was made at the unveiling of the shortcode *1945#, which will be used for all campaigns related to Nigeria’s involvement in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
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The Eagles are seen as one of the teams capable of being dark horses at the Mundial in Russia.
Besides having the youngest squad, the nature of the qualification from a so-called group of death and a resounding 4–2 win over tournament favourites, Argentina, have led many to expect exploits in Russia.
“Our target is to be the first African nation to win the World Cup. We have young players that can do it. Rohr is not only building a team of today, he is building a future team,” Pinnick said.
Coach Gernot Rohr has just signed a two-year extension on his contract that extends his stay to 2018.
The NFF President continued his trope by saying that the German’s contract extension was made to stop other teams from poaching him if Nigeria wins the World Cup.
He also re-iterated the federation’s commitment to securing friendly matches against highly-ranked teams as the team looks to prepare for the World Cup.
“After the World Cup draws all plans for the Eagles preparation for Russia 2018 would be made known through a press conference on December 10.”, he added.
“But I can assure Nigerians that the Eagles would be playing grade A matches to prepare for the World Cup. Victory against Argentina in the friendly has given the Eagles advantage to be among the best teams in the world,” he continued.
As it stands, the Super Eagles will be heading into Russia with high expectations on their shoulders. Former international Victor Ikpebahas said that he thinks the Eagles will make it to the quarter-finals for the first time ever.
Teams participating at the World Cup will be looking forward to knowing their group stage opponents when the draw is held at the Kremlin Palace on Friday, December 1.