Nigeria goalkeeper Dele Alampasu believes Super Eagles are in a dicey group but is sure the West African giants can progress to the next stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
The Eagles have been drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
“I think its a dicey group but sure Nigeria can qualify and go through the next stage,” he told Futbalgalore.com.
“This is a Super Eagles team filled with talents and determination. We have what it takes to compete at the top level,” he continued.
“Our opponents have great players but most of them have forgotten how excellent the Super Eagles played during the qualifiers.
The Feirense goal minder urged fans to rally round the Gernot Rohr managed Super Eagles side.
“Fans play their part in boosting the morale of players. I want well meaning Nigerians at home and abroad to keep on remembering the Super Eagles in prayers. Their support will always propel the team to success.
Argentina have narrowly won all four previous FIFA World Cup clashes with Nigeria (all at group phase: 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014) but the Eagles have lashed the La Albiceleste in two prestige friendlies (2011 and 2014), while honours in two clashes in the final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament (1996 and 2008) have been shared.
Nigeria have never played Croatia – the small East European nation that shocked the world by winning bronze medals at her maiden FIFA World Cup appearance in 1998.
Nigeria and Iceland have met only once before in history – a friendly match in Reykjavik on 22ndAugust 1981 that the Strakarnir Okkar (Our Boys) won 3-0. It was part of the Eagles’ preparation for the final round of qualifiers for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, which they lost to Algeria home and away.
Incidentally, the two teams’ clash in Russia will also be on the twenty –second day of the month – 22nd June 2018 in Volgograd.