Former Super Eagles forward Daniel Amokachi has made the strongest prediction ever, on the chances of Africa’s participation in this year’s FIFA World Cup, claiming that Nigeria will emerge world champions for the first time.
Nigeria national football team players pose prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
Amokachi who was at the partnership signing ceremony between NFF and Nigerian Breweries said the Eagles have a very bright chance of lifting the trophy. “I am their number one fan. We have a bunch of new generation players who are from the diaspora, who started from academies at early age and played through the ranks to the national team. They understood the game at an early age and that impacted on the team’s performance throughout the qualifiers.”
The 1994 and 1998 World Cup hero said Eagles’ World Cup group appears tough but he believes in the ability of the Coach Gernot Rohr’s wards to weather the storm.
“It is going to be one game at a time. I am happy the focus is not only on the Argentina match as we also have Croatia and Iceland. Croatia are a technical side and Iceland have a disciplined side that hits you after which they will park a bus.”
He said the level of commitment from the current Super Eagles players was top notch “because they are well bred professional.
“I was asked in the studio, where I work about the chances of African representatives at the World Cup this year, I was emphatic. I said four teams from Africa would be in the second round, three teams from Africa would be in the quarter final, two in the semi final and one will be in the final. And Nigeria will win the World Cup. That is what I said, that is what I believe. You may have your own belief.”