Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says the Super Eagles have no fear of any team at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Rohr spoke hours before Friday’s final draw for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals.
Speaking from the Crowne Plaza World Trade Centre, Moscow on Thursday, Rohr said that there was no weak squad in the 32 countries that qualified for the competition.
Rohr, who is in Russia for the draw, said, “All the teams that are in the final draw, except the host nation Russia, played qualifying matches. They all emerged from tough encounters and therefore, none can be tagged ‘weak’.
“In the next 24 hours, we will enter the State Kremlin Palace for the Final Draw and a couple of hours later, everyone will know their opponents. There is no apprehension. If you have to be listed among the best, you have to conquer the better teams and even beat some of the best.”
Nigeria emerged from a qualifying group that included Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
Analysis of the teams in the Final Draw revealed that Nigeria used the youngest squad to qualify for the finals.
Rhor said, “Seriously speaking, every team has the right to dream. But we have our heads on our shoulders and our feet on the ground, and whatever draw comes, we will take it one match at a time.”
Friday’s Final Draw at the State Kremlin Palace will start at 6pm Moscow time (4pm Nigeria time).
Russia is the largest country in the world, bounded by 12 seas including the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and its 17.1million square kilometres make it one-eighth of the earth’s inhabited surface area.
The country extends across 11 of the earth’s 24 standard time zones, and its 146 million people make it the 9th most populous nation in the world. The 146 million people represent 140 nationalities, who speak over 100 languages.