By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has expressed strong optimism that Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles, will be the revelation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Dalung said the Eagles will prove doubters wrong again like they did in the African qualifiers when they qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare in a group that had Africa football power houses Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
“Nobody gave Nigeria a chance in the qualifiers, the thinking then was that we would be eliminated after two or three matches, that we were going nowhere but at the end of the day, Nigeria qualified with a match to spare,” Dalung said in Abuja.
“That feat suggested that Nigeria is a country to watch out for at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. We have even proved that in the three friendly games we played against countries like Poland and Argentina. Of course we won two including Argentina, that is a good moment for us.”
He said by the time the Super Eagles finish their preparations for the World Cup with the series of friendly matches arranged for them, the team will be too hot to contain, adding that Nigeria will be the revelation in Russia.