Super Eagles midfielder Shehu Abdullahi says it will be a difficult task qualifying for the FIFA 2018 World Cup but he is confident coach Sunday Oliseh can lead to them to get the ticket.


Abdullahi played at right back in the two second leg Africa zone qualifier against Swaziland and did quite well especially in the return leg in Port-Harcourt.

Goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose gave Nigeria a 2-0 aggregate win and a passage to the final round which starts next October.

“It’s going to be difficult. The big boys in Africa will be into the pots for the draws and I hope we get a good draw,”the AC Madeira midfielder said.

“I’m happy we are into the final leg of the draws and by God’s grace we shall make it to Russia. The team is coming together and we play better game by game.”

“Coach Oliseh (Sunday) is a good coach and I’m sure with him we can make it. The team is young and we keep improving.

“It’s going to be hard but I trust the boys to come up big when it matters. Nigeria will be in Russia in 2018 by God’s grace.”he added.

The 20 teams that have qualified for the third and final round of the qualifiers will be drawn into five, four-team groups.Teams will then play on a home and away basis with the winner of each group qualifying for Russia 2018.

The group stage of the qualifiers starts on October 3rd 2016 and will run until November 6, 2017 when the qualified teams are expected to emerge

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