The Minister of Sports and Youth Development in Nigeria, Solomon Dalung, has revealed that the Super Eagles will surprise the world at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He made this known while reacting to Friday’s World Cup Draw during an interview reported by vanguard.
He said: “In spite of the fact that Nigeria are underdogs, compared to the other teams in our group and based on their rankings in the world, the draw was good.”
“But again, you have to look at how Nigeria prepared for the qualification competition. It is clear that Nigeria is determined to make a statement.
“Therefore, I am confident that Nigeria will surprise the world. We will be able to go as far as setting an African record, that is if we do not even make it to the final.” he concluded.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
They will take on Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad before facing Iceland on June 22 in Volgograd and Argentina on June 26 in St. Petersburg.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to run from June 14 till July 15.