Former Super Eagles striker Daniel Amokachi has called on African teams to change their mentality to start believing that they can go all the way to win the World Cup.
Amokachi, who is the joint leading topscorer for the Eagles at World Cup tournaments (2 goals) made this known in a chat with BBC Focus as he talked about the Super Eagles and the team’s preparation for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In his words, Amokachi said: “Will Nigeria get out of that group (2018 World Cup Group D)? Yes. Will Nigeria go far in the World Cup? Yes. Will Nigeria be able to win the World Cup? Yes.”
“Africans have to start believing. They have to go past that stage of “your country got to the Second Round, your country got to the Quarter-finals”. No, I’m going to a major tournament to go and win it.
“If we had that mentality, we will go a very long way. And that was what killed us when we were there in 1994, that’s what killed Cameroon when they were there in 1990 and that’s what killed Senegal in 2002. Because they are just going there to have fun instead of “we are going there to win it”.” he concluded.
Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.