The President, Nigeria Football Association, Aminu Maigari, says the Super Eagles will make the country and Africa proud at the World Cup scheduled for Brazil in June.
“The Super Eagles are going to the World Cup with the sole intention of making Nigeria and Africa proud, ’’ he said in an interview published on CAF website on Tuesday.
Maigari said top quality warm-up matches had been arranged for the Eagles to keep them in form ahead of the global football fiesta.
The FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hold from June 12 to July 13.
He added:“Nigeria is going to Brazil to make sure that we make the entire continent of Africa proud.
“We want to show that African football has grown and improved a lot over the years.
“Under my leadership at NFA, we have done away with short-term planning.
“Instead, we are focused on long-term objectives and planning. Very soon, the team will be moving to the training camp to prepare for the biggest world football event.
“We have arranged top quality warm-up matches for our team to give as much adequate preparations as possible.”
The NFA president promised that no opponent would be taken for granted, saying “all the participating teams are coming to the tournament to win.’’
“Every team will be making preparations and there is no underrating any opponent since there are no more small teams or weak sides.
“Each of the 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup cannot be underrated. We will go to Brazil and set out to give and do our best and see how far that takes us.”
Maigari expressed the hope that a good blend of youths with experienced players would produce positive results for Nigeria.
“What we have done with our team is to mix these young players with experienced ones.
“We did this during the Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and it is a strategy that we believe will serve us well,” he said. (NAN)