Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has promised to treat Djibouti or Swaziland with respect when his team face either side in the second qualifying round of the 2018 World Cup.
The 2018 World Cup preliminary draw was held in St.Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.
Nigeria begin their campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November away to the winners of the Djibouti vs Swaziland first round playoff.
“Of course, I am happy with the draw,” Oliseh told the Nigeria Football Federation website.
“We are not playing the first round, which is a preliminary round and which we knew before the draw. We will also be playing the first leg of the second round away which means we have an advantage of playing the more crucial return leg at home, in front of our fans.”
The former Nigeria captain insists that, despite his pleasure at drawing Swaziland or Djibouti, hd recognises that complacency must not set in.
“Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated. We respect every nation and will battle anyone that emerges with our full strength,” he added.
“With the draw now concluded, we can safely say that the race to Russia has officially started. I am optimistic we will run this race very well, we will give it our very best and pray it will be good enough to get us one of the five slots available for Africa.”