The Super Eagles form, or lack thereof, as well as the fact that the three-time African champion still doesn’t have a permanent coach remains on the minds of all Nigeria fans – causing worry.
Seemingly this perfect storm scenario has now caused one of their World Cup qualifying opponents in Group B, Cameroon, to now write the West Africans off.
Manager Hugo Bross insists Algeria now pose a greater threat to the Indomitable Lions’ World Cup qualification hopes than Nigeria.
The Belgian also expressed his delight at playing away to Algeria in their first group fixture on October 3 – and Nigeria in their third game on August 28, 2017.
“I am satisfied with the draw since we will be meeting Algeria and Nigeria at home first,” the 64-year-old former Anderlecht defender was quoted by Cameroon Tribune as saying.
“This will enable us to readjust if necessary at home. But for the first game against the Fennecs, I think the pressure will not be on our side. Algeria know they cannot afford to drop points at home, especially against direct rivals like us. It is for us to exploit this advantage to get a good result. Anyway, we must be in our best shape to face each of our opponents, especially mentally.”
Meanwhile, veteran defender Henri Bedimo believes the Lions, who stopped Nigeria from qualifying for Italy ’90, can secure their eighth World Cup berth and pile more misery on the Eagles. Led by the amazing Roger Milla the Lions snuffed the Eagles out, including a 3-0 flattening shown above.
The Eagles start round robin play on October 3 against Zambia which on paper will be their easiest match.
Nigeria has appeared in five World Cups and to many pundits the chances of making it to a sixth are growing slimmer by the day. Yet many of the green-white-green faithful remain optimistic and point out that Nigeria always performs better when either written off or with their backs up against the wall.
They will also point out that, head to head, the Eagles have the edge having beaten the Central Africans 10 times and drawing six while losing only four out of the 20 times they have met.