Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu has urged fans to still support and believe in the team despite their unimpressive outings heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria wrapped up their build-up to the Mundial with back-to-back friendly defeats to England (1-2) on Saturday and Czech Republic (0-1) on Wednesday.
The 3-time African champions have thus recorded just one win in 5 preparatory games towards Russia, thereby lowering the expectations of fans and officials who think the Eagles can win the World Cup.
However, Ogu believes the team will come good in Russia.
“It’s normal for people to expect you to win the World Cup,” the Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel player told www.busybuddiesng.com in an exclusive chat.
“We are not going to the World Cup just to represent or go there to look around. We are going there to win games and try to win the World Cup.
“Nigerians shouldn’t lose confidence on us. In the World Cup anything can happen, you know.”
Nonetheless, the 30-year-old added that it will be a difficult task for the team to achieve the expected glory in Russia, adding that results of friendly matches count for little ahead of tournaments.
“It’s not going to be easy (to win the World Cup), the players know about this. We know it’s not going to be easy. But we’ll fight. We will try our very best to win games (at the World Cup).
“Nigerians should keep supporting. They should not lose confidence.
“Friendly games are always like this. There are so many teams who lose in friendly games, but when they get to the tournament, they win.”
Nigeria will kick-start their campaign in Russia against Croatia on 16 June before battling debutants Iceland on 22 June and two-time champions, Argentina four days later.
The Super Eagles are yet to go beyond the second round of the World Cup since they first participated in the tournament in 1994.