The captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, John Obi Mikel, has stated that unity and focus in the team, uncompromised support from the Nigeria Football Federation and the support of the nation would ensure the team earns a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Mikel, speaking aboard the Arik Air flight which the team boarded on its way back from Ndola, Zambia, after a 2-1 victory over the Chipolopolo, credited the team’s solidarity and spirit in camp to the maturity of the technical crew.
“I have belief that we can reach new heights with this team. The boys are so committed that it makes you happy. The coaching crew is made up of very matured and brilliant people who respect the players. We are onto a good thing,
“We have a very good chance to qualify for the World Cup if we keep our heads and play at our best level. Each and every one of us is determined to go to the World Cup. Now that we are top of the table, we have to remain there.”
Nigeria won a competitive away game for the first time in 23 months, as Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho scored before Collins Mbesuma pulled one back in the Zambian Copperbelt capital.
A convivial atmosphere prevailed inside the aircraft during the 4 hour-and-22-minute flight back to Abuja and the celebration mood heightened seconds after landing, as players, team officials and other officials learnt that Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions had forced Algeria to a 1-1 draw in the other match of Group B in Blida, Algeria.
The Super Eagles’ next game is against the Fennecs of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Saturday, November 12, 2016.