One of Africa’s five representative the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be one of the surprise team of the Russia 2018 World Cup according to former captain of the team Kanu Nwankwo.
Nigeria are in group D alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina with the boys of coach Gernot Rohr hoping to go a step better than the 2014 edition, where they crashed out in the round of 16 by losing 0-2 to France.
Kanu Nwankwo who represented Nigeria at the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2002 edition which was held in Japan/Korea said the Eagles will could be one of the surprise package of the World Cup due to their desire to win.
He also cited the youthfulness and talent in the squad as another reason why the Nigerian team could end up as one of the team to watch out for at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
“The FIFA World Cup is the greatest football tournament on the planet – every team dreams of being part of it and I am sure it will be a very special event in Russia.
“Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country”, Kanu said in an interview with London Mirror shortly after an exhibition game ahead of the start of the World Cup.
Nigeria are yet to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in five previous attempt and anything short of a spot in the quarter final or beyond won’t come as a surprise to followers of the team.