Former Super Eagles coach urges Nigeria to reach World Cup semifinals

Former Super Eagles coach urges Nigeria to reach World Cup semifinals
John Obi Mikel carried on shoulders of players Abdullahi Shehu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidozie Awaziem as Nigeria qualify for the World Cup during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Dec 31, 2017. 12:00

Ex-Nigerian national team coach Austin Eguavoen reckons the Super Eagles can reach the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The former mentor says he feels excited that Gernot Rohr’s side has made Nigerians happy in 2017 and has urged them to improve at the global showpiece.

Eguavoen led the Super Eagles to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and has expressed delight in how the 2013 African champions performed in 2017.


“Everybody happy with the Super Eagles in the outgoing year and I am sure that you journalists are also happy because you all had something good to report about the team,” he told

“They played their entire World Cup qualifiers without defeat though there were some games we were not happy about but when you look at the whole thing, you will agree with me that they made Nigerians happy in the year 2017 which you are talking about.

“I am sure that they would have learnt from all their mistakes in the year 2017 and ready to improve on them in the year 2018. The semi-final stage is a possibility for the team at the 2018 World Cup.”

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