Former Nigerian international, Mobi Oparaku, has said that the Super Eagles can qualify for the quarter finals at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Atlanta ’96 gold medalist, who is now the team manager of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, disclosed this on a Channels TV sports programme on Monday.
Oparaku said: “I believe these Eagles can make it to the quarterfinals at the World Cup if Gernot Rohr is given free hands on his player’s selection and we must also prepare very well for the tournament.
“Lack of preparation is the bane of Nigerian teams because we usually believe we have the mentality to do it and it is not all the time that it would work for us.
“For instance, we would have gotten to the semifinals at France ’98 but lack of preparations cost us and we crashed to Denmark in the second round,” the erstwhile Anderlecht of Holland defender pointed out.”
Nigeria is drawn in Group D with Iceland, Croatia and former World champions, Argentina.