Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan during an interview on France 24 radio on Saturday, expressed optimism at the Super Eagles chances of thriving at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the No 1 citizen of the country reacted to the groups draw for the preliminary stages of the World cup held in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia State, Brazil on Friday night.

A group which sees Nigeria square up against Argentina, Bosnia-Hezegovinia and Iran in group F.

Jonathan said: “In winning the World cup, we are quite hopeful that Nigeria will do very well.

“We have won the Olympic gold in soccer before, we have won under-17 thrice and we have been doing quite well in the U-22.

“So, I believe and the world knows that
Nigeria is a football nation even though we have not had the opportunity or luck of winning the World cup; indeed no African country has won the world cup,’’ he said.

Jonathan added that the team would perform well, particularly at the preliminary stage of the tournament.

“Within the zone that Nigeria will play,
Argentina is a strong soccer nation but,
Nigeria is also strong and I believe we will do well,’’ he said. (NAN)


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