Russia 2018: Nigerians in S’Africa Upbeat about Eagles Group

Some Nigerians living in South Africa are optimistic that the Super Eagles will qualify from their group during the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Nigeria is in Group D with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Saliu Habib Miller, Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa, that there was nothing to fear about the group.


“ We have a good team, well managed by Gernot Rohr. Remember, we recently defeated Argentina in an international friendly and we did well in that match,” he said.

Miller said that Nigeria could stand on their own against Croatia and Iceland.

“ The matches in our group will be tough, but for me, there is nothing to fear. I am optimistic that we can survive the group and go beyond the second round,” he said.

Chima Umealo, President Abia Union, South Africa, said Nigeria can survive the “ group of death” during the World Cup.

“ It is on record that Nigeria won the first FIFA U-17 World Cup, became the first African country to win a gold medal in football at the Olympic Games.

“ Therefore, it is possible that the team can go places in the World Cup,” he said.

Trust Owoyele, Welfare Officer of Nigeria Union, expressed similar sentiments, saying that the Eagles should take every match as they come.

“ There is nothing to fear. We have a good team that can stand on their own. But my advice to them is not to underrate any team,” he said.

Sidney Ihediwa, traditional ruler of Abia indigenes in South Africa, said that the Eagles had the potentials to win their group.

“ We should remember that the Eagles survived a similar deadly group during the qualifying matches. I believe that they can survive the group and go beyond the second round.

“ The players and officials must show character, zeal and drive to win all their matches. They should not fear names but play their usual game,” he said.

Chicaodili Nwanedo, Chairman, Nigeria Union, North West Province, of South Africa, said the only team he feared in the group was Croatia.

“ We know the potentials of other teams, except Croatia. The Eagles should ensure that they win their group matches and go beyond the second round,” he said.