*As Technical Committee sets agenda for Zambia clash
The current impressive performances of the Super Eagles players in the various leagues across the world have raised the confidence of the teams’ chief coach, Salisu Yusuf that the team could pick the sole group B African ticket for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Yusuf, who expressed his satisfaction with the performances of the Super Eagles players at their European clubs and other leagues, insisted that what is currently needed is the right selection of players, noting that the country has the calibre of players that could win the World Cup ticket.
The former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach, who is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) this week however, admitted that the group B battle will be tough considering the countries that are drawn along with Nigeria, even as he noted that the team only need a good start against Zambia.
He praised the current form of the players, warning that the new spirit in the team can guarantee them victory both at home and away.
“We know it is going to be very difficult but I think we can scale through. I believe we can beat any team anywhere with the right players. Our players are doing very well in Europe and other places. So I don’t see why we cannot qualify. I am very optimistic about that”. He assured.
Nigeria opens its quest for the Russia 2018 world cup ticket with a clash against Zambia on October 9 at the Levy Nwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
However, Nigeria’s failure to qualify for successive Africa Nations Cup since picking its third continental title in Johannesburg three years ago is a disappointment which remains fresh in the minds of every stakeholder as expressed by the man in charge of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical and Development Committee, Christopher Green.
In October the Super Eagles will converge and get preprations underway for the kick off the final leg of the bid to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The football chief stressed that the hiatus from the continental stage should humble the side when they get their World Cup qualifying campaign underway.
Drawn in what many have come to regard as the proverbial group of death, Nigeria’s other opponents in Algeria and Cameroon, in recent times have enjoyed a resurgence that the Super Eagles are only beginning to taste under the guidance of German tactician Gernot Rohr. Yet Green wants more and albeit rhetorical , it was a charge and a verb short of a verdict as he insists that the world cup qualifiers affords Nigeria the perfect chance to rewrite the previous wrongs since 2015.