Nigeria can qualify for 2018 World Cup – Mikel

Mikel all smiles after Chelsea's last training session
Mikel all smiles after Chelsea's last training session

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel is of the opinion that Nigeria has a very bright chance of securing one of the five tickets ceded to Africa for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

After recording a winning start in the qualifying series against Zambia over the weekend, Mikel posits that a united and focused Super Eagles have what it takes to be in Russia

The Eagles’ captain also canvassed for a supportive Nigeria Football Federation that will help guarantee the two –time African champions a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

“We have a very good chance to qualify for the World Cup if we keep our heads and play at our best level. Each and every one of us is determined to go to the World Cup. Now that we are top of the table, we have to remain there.”

Nigeria won a competitive away game for the first time in 23 months as Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho scored before Collins Mbesuma pulled one back in the Zambian Copperbelt capital.

For Mikel, it is a new dawn in the national team as both the players and coaching staff all have the right attitude.

“I have belief that we can reach new heights with this team. The boys are so committed that it makes you happy. The coaching crew is made up of very matured and brilliant people who respect the players. We are onto a good thing,” The Chelsea midfield ace told aboard the ARIK Air plane on the flight back from Ndola.

After Match Day 1, the Super Eagles are top in the so–called ‘Group of Death’ ahead of the trio of Cameroon, Algeria and bottom-placed Zambia.

The Super Eagles’ next game is against the Fennecs of Algeria, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on November 12.


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