Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu says he expects the team to showcase themselves at the world cup very well, even as he is also looking at seeing the players live up to expectation in Russia.
The draw for the Mundial will hold on Friday, December 1. The Super Eagles of Nigeria is already placed in Pot 4, the supposedly weakest of the four pots.
That could pit the West Africans against heavyweights like Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Belgium, and the likes.
But Chukwu is unperturbed with the prospect of facing those big guns and has rather challenged the team to put up their best in the tournament.
“It’s good to pray for a favourable or easy draw, but it is important to prepare very well and have the belief that you can conquer any opposition,” Chukwu told reporters.
“Our team is young and we have a lot of quality players that can face any opposition in the world. I believe we will do well in Russia irrespective of the opposition.
“The World Cup is also not meant for boys, it is for real men. If you want to be rated highly or respected, then you must beat the best.
“One thing is to be placed in an easy group and become complacent or grouped with the top teams and prepare for a bigger battle ahead.
The Super Eagles were the first African team to qualify for Russia 2018, and were unbeaten throughout the qualifiers, bagging four wins and two draws.