By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria’s Super Eagles were handed a difficult 2018 World Cup qualifying group that contains Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia which Nigerians dreaded but Super Eagles midfielder Raheem Lawal believes the three-time African champions can qualify for the World Cup slated to hold in Russia.
The Osmanslispor of Turkey star bared his mind to Newslegend.com.ng on Friday’s draw.
“Honestly its a tough draw I must say, whoever draws Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia will naturally worry but we are
desperate to play at the World Cup after missing the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
“What we just need is for us to be in good form and fit by the time these matches come around. It will be fool-hardy of
our opponents to take us for granted because of our recent bad results,” the former youth international stressed.
Former Super Eagles and Charlton of England defender Efe Sodje also commented on the difficult World Cup draw on Friday.
“About the draw I really think it’s a very tough draw for us. Maybe years ago, we will be confident to come out of the group but honestly we all know right now we are not as confident as we use to be when we are in such a tough group,” Sodje said frankly.
The one-time Frangers of Warri centre back however hopes the resilient Nigerian spirit can help the team achieve qualification.
“We are still Nigeria. This is the Super Eagles and we should still believe we can come out of the group but only if we start planning early and get things right from day one which is tomorrow,” Sodje told Newslegend.com.ng.