- Mikel Obi(FC Tianjin TEDA):
The Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has admitted that it is a big challenge leading the three-time African champions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.
Mikel, who is set to make his second appearance at the FIFA World Cup, will lead Tianjin TEDA out in his second season in the Chinese Super League as captain this Saturday against Hebei CFFC.
“It is a daunting challenge, and I’m looking forward to both teams (Tianjin TEDA and Nigeria) doing well, but now I’m focused on Tianjin TEDA.”
“I am looking forward to Tianjin TEDA achieving good results in the Super League, and I also hope that Nigeria can go farther and better in the World Cup.
“The Super League is much more difficult than I thought, but since I came to play in the Super League, they have such strength as a foreign team as well.”
- Victor Moses(Chelsea FC)
Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Victor Moses said there wasn’t any reason for Nigeria to be jittery over the Group D pairings of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Moses who helped the Super Eagles to qualify for the Russia 2018 tournament stated that the outcome of the group would be determined by the teams that play good football and it wasn’t about names. Nigeria will open its World Cup account against Croatia, before playing Iceland and Argentina in the Group D matches.
We keep getting Argentina for some reason. “We don’t want to play against Messi, but it is what it is. We’ve got to go and play our football and see what happens. “After what Iceland did last year (beating England in the last 16 of the Euros), football nowadays, there’s no easy game.
Argentina is going to be scared of us as well. “It’s all about football at the end of the day. “Everyone at Chelsea was saying we’re going to get a thrashing and we’re not going to make it through the group stage. Hopefully, we can go out there and make the nation proud and get out of the group.”
- Ahmed Musa(CSKA Moscow FC)
Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa has set his sight on a semi-final spot in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Super Eagles will be participating in the quadrennial showpiece for the sixth time since their debut appearance in USA 1994 but have never gone past the round of 16 stage of the competition.
And the Leicester City player has stated that the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champions will aim for the best in Russia despite being pitched against Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina in Group D
The 25-year-old player rejoined Moscow on a short-term loan deal from English Premier League side Leicester City during the January 2018 Transfer Window.
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has visited flying winger Ahmed Musa at his club, CSKA Moscow, telling him to keep working hard ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.”
“Nigeria’s 2014 FIFA World Cup star Musa retraced his steps to former club CSKA in January as he was no longer getting playing time at English Premiership club Leicester, and was welcomed back to Russia with open arms.”
“Musa became the first Nigerian player to score two goals against two –time world champions Argentina in a FIFA World Cup match with his brace against the Albiceleste inside the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil on 25th June 2014.
“Argentina is once more in the same group with Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup, and both teams trade tackles in Saint Petersburg on 26th June 2018,” a statement read.
- Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC)
Alex Iwobi scored the decisive goal as Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Zambia.
The Arsenal forward netted a 73rd-minute winner to give the Super Eagles an unassailable six-point lead in Group B of qualifying.
For a player who has blood link with former Eagles captain and African legend, Austin Okocha, Iwobi is surely writing his script in Nigerian football history, with his winning goal against Zambia. And speaking to scores of excited fans, Iwobi said that he was fulfilled to be part of the World Cup qualifying class of 2017 that guaranteed Nigeria a sixth appearance at the World Cup, with the added incentive of being the first to qualify from Africa.
As I feel transfixed, emotional, excited and subdued by the fact that we have qualified for the World Cup in Russia. This is a great moment for us and we are obviously loving this special moment”. “I grew up playing football, loving the game, it’s my first love and always dream of playing at the World Cup, and I am so grateful to God that the dream I had growing up has finally become a reality,” added Iwobi.