Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has stated that Gernot Rohr’s men will do well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Mikel will be featuring in his second World Cup after playing at the 2014 Mundial, where the team crashed out in the last 16 to France 2-0.
The former Chelsea star admitted that the three times African Champions would surprise most opponents in Russia, despite Nigeria’s poor showing in their pre-World Cup friendlies games against Czech, England and Serbia which has thrown so much fear on the team possibly crashing out in the group stages.
“We like where we’ve been placed. We don’t want to be one of the favourites,” Mikel told Al Jazeera.
“I think this will give the team enough motivation to prove critics wrong that we can actually do better than they actually feel,” he said.
Nigeria will face Croatia on Saturday in their 2018 World Cup opener at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
Rohr’s men are in Group D of the tournament alongside, Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.