2018 World Cup: Nigeria not Afraid of Any Team – Rohr
With the draw for the 2018 Fifa World cup just hours away, Gernot Rohr has said that Nigeria are not afraid to take on any team in the Mundial.
The Super Eagles, ranked 50th in the world, are placed in Pot 4 for the draw despite an impressive qualification campaign that saw them punch a ticket for the finals with a game to spare.
And Rohr has called for calm, saying ‘weak’ teams do not make the finals, thus, they are ready to face any opposition.
“All the teams that are in the Final Draw, except the host nation Russia, played qualifying matches. They all emerged from tough encounters and therefore, none can be tagged ‘weak’,” Rohr told NFF website.
“In the next 24 hours, we will enter the State Kremlin Palace for the Final Draw and a couple of hours later, everyone will know their opponents. There is no apprehension. If you have to be listed among the best, you have to conquer the better teams and even beat some of the best.
“Seriously speaking, every team has the right to dream. But we have our heads on our shoulders and our feet on the ground, and whatever draw comes, we will take it one match at a time.”
The Super Eagles thrashed two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 earlier this month in their first preparatory game for the quadrennial tournament, but the German coach isn’t getting carried away by the performance.
“We don’t see that as more than a friendly, but what we took away was the capacity of the boys to respond appropriately to adversity, and I loved their reaction.”
Three-time African champions Nigeria will later today (Friday) know their foes at the event billed for State Kremlin Palace, Parliament of the Russian Federation.