The Super Eagles of Nigeria were, on Friday, drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and nemesis, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russia. The players need determination and maturity. "Believe we can. Thank God", Kanu who represented Nigeria at three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002, 2010), wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday.
NAN also reports that in 1994, Nigeria was pitted against Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece.
For their second match, Nigeria will fly to Volgograd, where they take on Iceland at the 45,000-capacity Volgograd Arena on Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 6pm.
The Super Eagles will play against Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad.
Meanwhile, with an average age of 24.9, according to FIFA, Nigeria paraded the youngest team in the qualifiers for Russia 2018.
Croatia boasts of players such as Perisic, Mandzukic, Modric and Rakitic.
Disu said that the first game at the World Cup would count a lot if the Eagles would progress from the group stage.
"We have a good team that can stand on their own".
Iceland qualified for its first World Cup this year. Croatia, even by UEFA ratings, are a category 'B' team in Europe while debutantes Iceland are already content rubbing shoulders with the big boys.
"Our first match against Croatia is very important and we must strive to get the three points". Considering the Atlas Lions' misfortune, Nigeria can perhaps could their blessings. "But our aim has to be to top the group", he said.
In other words, despite recent struggles, Argentina is a team with its eyes on the prize.
A cross-section of football fans who spoke with NAN at the Abuja National Stadium said in spite of the Super Eagles being drawn against Argentina, the draw was fair enough.
"They should not fear names, but play their usual game".
"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16" he added optimistically.
Rohr in his reaction to the draw said the Super Eagles will have to be up and doing if they are to make it through to the next phase. He missed out in the 2014 squad at the last minute and that same scenario that made him miss the Brazil tournament is playing out again. The group will be won by teams with the best tactics.
In the time that has passed, Coutinho's value has risen to $76 million while Obi's value has drastically reduced to $1.8 million.
Group G consists of Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England, just as Poland face Senegal, Colombia, and Japan in Group H.