Following the FIFA 2018 World Cup draw that placed Nigeria in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, Odion Ighalo has expressed his happiness that Nigeria were not drawn with Brazil and Germany.
Five-time winners, Brazil were drawn with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, while title holders, Germany will face Sweden, Mexico and South Korea in the first round.
Ighalo, who was speaking to Supersport moments after the draw was concluded in Russia on Friday, reckoned that the Super Eagles have a good chance of qualifying from their group.
“Let me say that I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round of the World Cup,” the China-based striker said.
“With this draw, we have a good chance of qualifying from the group.
“It is a tough group and we have to work really hard and get our best for the World Cup. Iceland are also a good team. We can’t forget that they defeated England and did very well at the last European Championships. They and Croatia are no pushover.”
The Super Eagles will kick off their campaign when they play Croatia at the Kalingrat Stadium on June 16, 2018, before playing Iceland and Argentina in that order.
It is worthy of note that Nigeria will be meeting Argentina at the World Cup for the fifth time, and the South Americans have won in all previous meetings.
But the meeting with Iceland and Croatia will be the first time for the Eagles.
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