Super Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel has assured Nigerians that the team will perform better at the Russia 2018 World Cup than they did in Brazil three years ago.
Mikel, who reiterated his boundless joy at the Super Eagles’ qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals, described the feat as a dream come true.
“This is really a dream come true. The team and myself, we worked very hard for this believing we could do it, and we are over the moon that our aspiration has been met.
“I want to commend everyone who has been involved in this: the players, the coaches, the backroom staff, the NFF. It was not easy but we knew from the beginning that we would have to fight hard for every point and we did.”
The former Chelsea FC of England midfielder could have been going to his fourth World Cup finals if Nigeria had not narrowly (head-to-head principle) missed the 2006 finals in Germany and he had not been injured just before the 2010 finals in South Africa.
“There is nothing one can do about that everything comes in God’s time. I am grateful to God for this ticket and we will go to Russia and give our very best.”
Nigeria will meet Algeria in their last qualifying game of the series, but the result of the game will amount to nothing, as the Eagles have already sealed their passage to Russia through their 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on Saturday.