With 8 days to the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, former FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria to be one of his two surprise candidates in Russia after admitting the team could cause a whole lot of trouble in Russia, AOIFootball.com reports.
Blatter, who governed the football world for 17 years, believes the Eagles’ young and energetic squad, coupled with a mixture of experience, could see the West African giants make a big impression in Russia, whilst tipping Brazil, France, Germany and Spain to make the final four of the tournament.
“8 days to the World Cup kick-off. My top 4: Brazil, France, Germany, and Spain. I believe in attacking the football. Troublemakers: Nigeria and Uruguay,” Blatter twitted.
Nigeria is drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland. They will face Croatia in their first game on the 16th, before taking on debutants Iceland on the 22nd and completing their group stage clash with regular group mates Argentina on the 26th of June at St. Petersburg.