Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he hopes to spring surprises after drawing Argentina in the 2018 World Cup. The super eagles of Nigeria who recently beat the two-time champions in a sensationally 4-2 thriller in a friendly last month will be hoping for a repeat of the same feat when they face the soccer giants in the world cup next year.
The super eagles are not new to the competition, as he 2018 world cup is their sixth appearance in the showpiece competition.
“This is the youngest team in Nigeria’s history in the World Cup. We have the youngest team of the 32 teams here. So we have to learn,” German coach Rohr said after also drawing Iceland and Croatia in a tricky Group D.
“This is a difficult group, but I think we can spring a surprise.”
Nigeria are bringing their most inexperienced squad ever to Russia next year.
Nigeria have always shown much promise in the competition since making their World Cup debut at the 1994 competition in the United States, where they lost (2-1) in their debut finals to Argentina.
Nigeria have never reached the quarter-finals of the world cup, the closest they have been to the Quarters was in the 2014 world cup when they were beaten by France in the last 16.
Rohr said their toughest match will be against Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad, because it will be Nigeria’s opener.
“The first game is always the most difficult,” he added.
“I believe that African players have the talent, they have the physical and technical possibilities, but what they are missing is organisation, what they are missing is discipline,” said Rohr