President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has told football lovers and indeed the international press not to underrate the Super Eagles of Nigeria because they have an equal chance with other group opponents.
The NFF boss, who spoke to Wells Sport in the UK, said all 32 nations present at the World Cup have a point to prove and will not like to disappoint their countries at the competition.
“First, we must commend all 32 teams that made it to the World Cup because the qualifiers were highly competitive and very intense. I am sure the world will see one of the best finals in recent times when the competition kicks off next year in Russia.
“We had a very competitive and intense qualifiers and the level of preparations, coupled with the patriotic strength of our players and indeed staff and officials, made the difference for us,” Pinnick said.
Pinnick also posited that although the Super Eagles’ group is a tough one, the team will take each match as it comes.
“We are not strangers to the World Cup or Argentina and we are going to take the games one step at a time. I believe our group is a very decent one and it is a fifty-fifty chance.
“All the teams have their very rich pedigrees; Argentina have one of the best players in the world, Croatia are a very strong team, same with Iceland too, but although the odds are against us, I am very optimistic of a good outing from the team,” Pinnick added.
The NFF supremo also praised the impact of team captain, Mikel Obi, as well as head coach, Gernot Rohr.
“I believe in our players, especially captain Mikel who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and the coach can do very well at the World Cup,” Pinnick concluded.