As reactions continue to trail Nigeria’s chances at the 2018 World Cup in Russia following Friday’s draw in Moscow, ex-international Mutiu Adepoju says he is uncertain of how well the Super Eagles will do at the Mundial.
Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside debutants Iceland, 1998 semi-finalists, Croatia and two-time Champions, Argentina-who the Eagles have faced four times out of their five outings at the World Cup.
In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, Adepoju, who featured for Nigeria on three occasions (1994, 1998 and 2002) at the global showpiece, believes the Eagles can do well with adequate preparations.
“Well, I wouldn’t be able to say how far they (Nigeria) can go until when the World Cup starts,” the former Real Sociedad midfielder said. “But with the level and way the players are playing right now, I believe they can go far in the World Cup.
“We just have to wait and see how the players finish their season, look at their form and how we are able to prepare and put everything together.
“That’s when we are going to know whether we (Nigeria) are going to go far or not,” the La Liga Ambassador in Nigeria stated.
Nigeria have never gone beyond the second round of the World Cup hitherto but expectations are high that the 3-time African Champions will surpass that feat in Russia.
The 2018 World Cup starts on 14 June and ends on 15 July.
The Super Eagles will open their campaign against Croatia (16 June) before facing Iceland (22 June) and Argentina (26 June) respectively in the group phase.