Despite not too impressive performance of Nigeria Super Eagles in the last AFCON 2019 qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, team Captain John Mikel Obi remains hopeful of the team reaching the Mundial in Russia in 2018.
Mikel didn’t feature against South Africa due to hip injury and is expected to be back for the mouthwatering encounter against the indomitable Lions of Cameroon in September.
The midfielder who spoke to FIFA on Wednesday morning said: “We are in a very good position in our group.
“We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon on 31 August) it will edge us closer to qualification. I think we can go through.”
The former Dream Team VI skipper also talked about how eager his wife and family are to they see him wear Nigeria’s colours in Russia.
“My wife is Russian,” he said, “and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” he added, laughing.
He also recognized the strengths of current African champions, Cameroon who lifted the AFCON trophy in January this year.
“As everyone knows, they are a very good team,” he said of Cameroon.
“They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.”
Nigeria currently leads group B with six points, four clear of Cameroon who is placed second with two point.