The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung is optimistic that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will qualify from Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup fixtures in Russia.
Barrister Dalung made the statement after the draws were made on Friday at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow where Nigeria were
drawn in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
The Minister said that if qualitative friendly games are lined up for the team, the Super Eagles will get beyond the quarterfinals stage.
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"I'm confident of Super Eagles' qualification from Group D. It is not an easy group considering the calibre of teams we have in that group. We met Argentina earlier in a friendly match and beat them but it won't be that easy at the World Cup so Nigeria will need to beware of Argentina at the competition proper.
"Coincidentally, Iceland and Croatia were in the same Group 1 of the European qualifying round for the World Cup so it's not going to be an easy group to qualify from. However, I am confident that if we prepare our team adequately, we will make a decent appearance in Russia."
In Russia, the Super Eagles’ first match will be against Croatia at the 35,000 –capacity Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday, 16th June 2018.