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Mumini Alao: Why I Want Super Eagles To Draw Russia

Mumini Alao: Why I Want Super Eagles To Draw Russia

The Group Managing Director of Complete Communications Limited, Alhaji Mumini Alao, is hoping the Super Eagles are drawn in the same group as hosts Russia for the 2018 World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The draw will be held on Friday in Moscow with Completesportsnigeria.com providing live coverage right from inside the venue of the ceremony, the iconic State Kremlin Palace.


Nigeria are in Pot 4, while Russia are one of the seeded teams in Pot 1 along with champions Germany, heavyweights Brazil, Argentina and France, as well as Poland, Portugal and Belgium.

“I saw that you are asking Nigerians the teams from Pot 1 they would want the Super Eagles to draw and I thought I should join in,” Alao, an award-winning journalist who has covered numerous international sporting events including Nigeria’s first ever World Cup in the United States of America in 1994, told Completesportsnigeria.com.


“My choice is Russia and it’s not because I feel they’re a weak team. If we draw Russia, we have a chance of playing them in the opening match and that would be great for Nigeria. Playing Russia in the opening game would raise the profile of the Super Eagles significantly and benefit Nigeria immensely.

“Traditionally, the most watched matches at the World Cup are the opening game and the final, so imagine how many football fans would be seeing the Super Eagles in their full glory if we got Russia and the opening match.”

Alao, who also writes the Soccer Talk column in Complete Sports and Completesportsnigeria.com, is however unequivocal on the team he does not want the Super Eagles to draw.

When asked what he thought about Germany, he shot back light heartedly: “What do you mean Germany? Na wa for you o. Please I don’t want Germany, they’re too strong for now. It’s better to meet them much later in the tournament after we’ve gone far, not at the group stage.”

The draw will be conducted by England legend Gary Lineker, who starred at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups, with 32 teams drawn into eight groups.

The teams will be drawn from four pots, which contain eight countries each.

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  • I prefer Belgium. they are highly rated but beatable.

  • Mr. Jidauna G.G 4 years ago

    I totally agree with this veteran journalist…. It will really be a big boost to the supper eagles. I hope the foul play in the recent fifa ranking will be a blessing in disgiuse to the team.!

  • femi Ajimuda 4 years ago

    Oga Mumini, i concur with you! I will not want us to meet Argentina again for the simple reason that our ‘boys’ will OVERCONFIDENT EGO that they’ve beaten them before and can beat them again.

    Remember France ’98? We failed to go beyond the 2nd round that year not because of any fault of Bora but our ‘boys’ UNSERIUOSNESS. How? While other teams were preparing at their hide-out camp, our KEY players were seen roaming the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, supported by the so-called eggheads at the NFF.

    They were busy shooting adverts by the companies who did not add any value to the team prior to earning the spot to the World Cup. I see the same scenario playing out in 2018 except the NFF, coaching crew and team leaders are disciplined. De-list any member of the team that’ll want to jeopardize the collective effort. Also blacklist a company that’ll want to hold on to a player outside the official camp when they refused to do anything tangible for the team during the qualifiers. Now they want to harvest crops from where they never planted.

    Oga Mumini, these are facts and i hope we are ready to change or else we will not go far in the competition.

    Thank you.

  • The reason why I and Nigerians will go for Russia among the pot1 teams is that Russia is the weakest team in that pot and of course the lowest ranked team in the pots in the October ranking. In pot2 I will like Croatia but if because Croatia is in the same zone with Russia, I will go for Costa Rica. In pot3 I go for Iran. Group A: Russia, Croatia (Costa Rica), Iran and Nigeria. Like if wishes were horses the crippled will ride so too if football games were wishes the blind will watch football matches. Apart from Brazil and Germany, any team that plays Nigeria will shake and of course Nigeria will shake too when we play them but I know that Nigeria will gree-die with all the other 30 teams. We wish Nigeria a favorable draw.

  • Football is not a mathematics where we know that 2+2 will definitely give us nothing but 4……because we have the likes of Brazil Germany ,Argentina and co in pot A has given them an automatic win against Nigeria or any other small team in d competition , every team who qualified for this competition fought a good fight to get there ,so it’s now left to them how far they want to go because game of football has really changed,no auto win for any team if they did not have a good plan and winning strategy …….so left to me,there’s no team in that pot that Nigeria can not face, there determination to winning and going far in that competition will see them through ……so bring on Brazil or Germany or Argentina ,we are equal to the task

  • My prediction Port 1 Portugal Port 2 Croatia Port 3 Costa Rica Port 4 Nigeria