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Pinnick: Top Teams Don’t Want To Draw Super Eagles For Russia 2018

Pinnick: Top Teams Don’t Want To Draw Super Eagles For Russia 2018

By James Agberebi: Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has claimed that most countries who qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup do not want to be drawn in the same group with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Pinnick stated this during the launching ceremony of short code *1945# for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup in Lagos on Monday which will be used to reward Nigerian fans.


The draw for the 2018 World Cup will be held on Friday, December 1 in Russia.

The Super Eagles who finished top in a a very difficult Group B qualifying group that had Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, are in Pot 4 for Friday’s draw.

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“We can play any country,” Pinnick said. “In fact when the draw for the last 20 teams in Africa came, I said any country that qualifies for the World Cup is as good as lifting the World Cup. Nobody would have believed that Nigeria would qualify out of that group.

“The same way we are panicking, so also other countries are panicking to meet Nigeria. Even though we are in the last pot, nobody wants Nigeria to be in their group. I can tell you that, I talk to my colleagues globally and they call to say they don’t want Nigeria to be in their group. Now Nigeria is rated in their minds as one of the first four teams in the world because beating Argentina is no mean feat.

“So every country is scared. And that’s why I said people should not look at the FIFA ranking, it’s just numbers and numbers don’t lift trophies, it’s your determination, resilience and prayers that do.”

After the 4-2 victory against Argentina in an international friendly, Pinnick said the reason why the Super Eagles will be playing more A-list friendlies is to prepare them adequately for the World Cup.

“I always want us to play against quality teams in friendlies, let’s see them, let’s expose them the way they too can expose us as well,” he added.

“The principal reason for playing against these big countries is that you will be able to note your inadequacies immediately and know how to correct them.”

And on plans being put in place by the NFF for the Super Eagles to do very well at the 2018 World Cup, Pinnick said: “We are just being prayerful and being dedicated and working according to our plans. On the 12th of December, we will be addressing a world press conference in Abuja. And in that world press conference, we are going to unveil A to Z of our plans till the kick-off of our first game. We will unveil the day the players will be paid, their 25 per cent World Cup money, there is going to be count down to Russia 2018 and we have worked out plans in that regard.

“We want to ensure total organisation, we want to ensure smoothness towards the World Cup because if you have quality preparation, also expect a quality result. We have chosen three camp venues. We will look at the temperature of the country, comfort and proximity to Russia. We don’t want to compromise standard, and we believe if we give them quality preparation, they will give us quality result.”

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  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    Since the time of Ikhazobo and Omeruah, we have not got a sound and serious chairman as Pinnick. God bless you and other board members.

  • Edoman 4 years ago

    Pinnick, if you continue like this, your name will be plastered in GOLD. History will favor you at the end of time. Believe me

  • Damian iyke 4 years ago

    This is a very serious and business like administration by the NNF Leadership led by Mr Pinnick.I see the Super Eagles post Shocking results come Russia 2018 World Cup.God bless Nigeria

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    I’m really impressed by Pinnick. God bless you, the entire board members and Africa as a whole. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Benefit 4 years ago

    I still believe we have a saviour in this country that God can use to take us to our canans land only that they are few I believe with this man the super eagles of Nigeria will surly get their

  • Christoph 4 years ago

    Wow so Nigerians can actually do things like this, it’s so positively shocking
    I can say, this is the most reasonable and sound comment I’ve heard coming from an NFF chairman in a such a long time
    Kudos Mr pinick you’re so spot-on with this statement I can say you are modern and insightful with your plans.
    If you actually follow up with this plan and we get to the World Cup finals or win I tell you even if you flex the remaining money we no go vex for you because where you is where you eat
    Big up Mr chairman

  • Victor Onyeanum 4 years ago

    Ah! Christoph, na wa for you o!

  • U are truly number one citizen of naija. You speak and do it with proof. Unlike our politicians. If all our politicians from president to chairmen can speak with action. Naija for be one of d best in d world. We d citizens are not dangerous. We know whats right and wrong but frustration and hunger had taken part of our lives which led some to many wrong things. Picknik. The God that started this journey in your life to start with truth and action will be with u forever and hopeful others follow ur footstep. GOD Bless you sir. I love you and i love my country naija. Up super eagles.

  • This man Pinnick is the best football administrator Nigeria has ever produced.Infact he is an administative wizard.

  • DIUTO NWACHUKU 4 years ago


  • VICTOR 4 years ago

    PINNICK for president of Nigeria!!!

  • Let not be carried away by pinnick actions and utterances, so far he has done well but let not forget he has not qualify Nigeria to any tournament so far except now .Nigeria have missed two nations cup under him and this qualifications is a great deal for him and Nigeria .Let me put it now as the failure is part of distraction from that buffoon from jos who want to wrestle the leadership from him .He is doing great and certainly all credit should go to him and his NFF team .I believe he has very sound blue print to take us to the semis at the world cup .He is full of energy and picking the right coach to mastermind Nigeria revival is a great master piece as Rohr is a great tactician and coach .With Pinnick plans and blue print , I see Super Eagles reaching the semi finals.Finally let the APC government know that the only thing that will make the President Buhari to retain his presidency is to reach the semi final by Super Eagles or even win the world cup !!!…currently Buhari have failed in all indices ,therefore I advise him to put his all in making sure that the super Eagles wins the world cup !!..it is possible and is winnable !!..Ride on Pinnick, give us picnic by winning the world cup for Nigeria ,create such mind set for your management , players and coaches and you will see the difference.

  • Mr. Jidauna G.G 4 years ago

    Pinnic, no doubt you are indeed a seasoned football administrator… I doff my hat for you.
    The remarkable feet achieved by the present Super Eagles under your watch cannot be ovet-look even by your assumed critics.
    You gave your reasons for selectting Rhor ahead of other coaches that were interviewed for the job. Even some media outfeet washed you with torrent of criticism, yet you stood your ground and supported the coach and his programmes. Now, you have been vindicated. The Super Eagles for the first time in the history of Nigeria world cup qualifiers went on beaten, and without giving unnecessary high blood pressure to soccer loving Nigerians. That is quite commendable to the team, the coach, and your NFF team.
    I believe that the current crop of players in the Super Eagles underthis coach will do well in Russia 2018.