Former Nigeria international Austin Eguavoen has given a nod to the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
The Super Eagles will be making their fifth World Cup appearance this year when they join fellow African sides Senegal, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia and Eguavoen believes the team can make it to the Semi finals.
The Eagles made their qualification by playing their six games unbeaten, save for the victory awarded to Algeria by Fifa following Nigeria’s error in fielding ineligible player.
Genort Rohr’s troops also have shown some impressive display after nipping the World Cup ticket, beating South American giants Argentina in a Krasnodar friendly, coming from a 2-0 to earn a 4-2 victory.
These successive outings have convinced the 52-year-old Eguavoen who guided the team for three years in a two-term spell, with the latter leaving his caretaker role in 2010.
The Delta-born tactician has now come out to say he feels excited abut the progress the Eagles have made and predicted he sees them making it to the semi-finals of the global football showpiece.
Eguavoen who led the Super Eagles to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and has expressed delight in how the 2013 African champions performed in 2017.
“Everybody happy with the Super Eagles in the outgoing year and I am sure that you journalists are also happy because you all had something good to report about the team,” Eguavoen stated.
“They played their entire World Cup qualifiers without defeat though there were some games we were not happy about but when you look at the whole thing, you will agree with me that they made Nigerians happy in the year 2017 which you are talking about.
“I am sure that they would have learnt from all their mistakes in the year 2017 and ready to improve on them in the year 2018. The semi-final stage is a possibility for the team at the 2018 World Cup.”
Nigeria will open their World Cup campaign on June with a clash against Croatia on June 16 at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad.
They will six days later lock horn with 2016 European championship Cinderella side Iceland before a final Group D clash with eternal World Cup rivals Argentina on June 26.