Eagles captain John Obi Mikel says he is optimistic that Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Although Africa’s third round of qualifying only reaches its halfway point at the end of this month and beginning of September, the Super Eagles captain believes a place at the global finals is within their grasp.
Group-B, in which Nigeria are already four points clear of second-placed Cameroun and five ahead of Zambia and Algeria, certainly makes for pleasant reading. And though four tough games have still to be negotiated, Mikel is upbeat about their prospects of topping the table and claiming the section’s sole spot at Russia 2018.
Mikel explained, that is not simply due to the expectations of supporters in his football-mad homeland.
The Super Eagles captain said the meetings on September 1st and 4th will go a long way towards deciding the group’s outcome.