Pinnick ‘believes’ Nigeria will do well at World Cup


Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Melvin Pinnick believes the Super Eagles will do well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Speaking to CNN on Monday, the Nigeria football supremo confirmed the spirits, self believe the players and the technical crew has exhibited will surely aid their performance.

“We are taking it a step at a time. We are not going to start saying we are going to beat everyone,” Pinnick told CNN.

“If you look at our group, it’s a very decent group. It’s 50-50 for each of the team.

“You don’t underestimate any team because if you look at every team, they all have their rich pedigree in world football.

“Argentina, of course, have one of the best players in the world, Croatia have some of the best quality players though they struggled to qualify.

He added: “when we were going to play against Argentina three weeks ago, the odd was 6-1, and nobody gave us a chance but a day to the game, the coach came to me and said we are going to make a difference, because we will make different tactics and approach.

“I believe our players captained by John Mikel Obi who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and the coach with the support of Nigerians, we want to use the word ‘BELIEVE’ we will do well at the world cup.”

Nigeria will hope to better its past records at world cup, having not gone beyond the second round despite appearing in six World Cups.

Nigeria were grouped alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

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