Flying Eagles manager Emmanuel Amunike says there is no need for Nigerians to panic after the 2018 World Cup draws released by CAF paired Nigeria alongside Algeria, Cameroon, and Zambia in Group B, according to FCNaija.com.
Amunike reckons that it will be familiar grounds for the Super Eagles and reaching Russia 2018 is down to how well the team focus on the task ahead.
“The reality is that Zambia, Cameroon, and Algeria are familiar foes so we are aware of the devil we are going to dance with,” Amunike told FCNaija.com in an exclusive chat.
“There is no hiding place from here now so the earlier we begin to be realistic to ourselves then the clear vision we’ll have towards what we want to achieve, which is qualifying for Russia 2018.”
The former Barcelona star acknowledged that the Super Eagles are in a very tough group and called for hardwork and equal respect for opponents.
“Am aware that we are in a tough group but we are only looking at Cameroon and Algeria and forgetting that Zambia also have a very good team and must accord them equal respect to as well.
“But for you to be a champion, you must come up against very good sides. If we are ready to play, we will be in Russia – it will not be a stroll in the park.”
Amunike affirms his believe in the Super Eagles but advised against complacency.
“I’m confidence that we can qualify for Russia 2018 but you know we have young players and must teach them how to play.
“It’s about letting them know what is right and what they have to do at all-time because football is about what you have to do with and without the ball,” he added.
Nigeria have been to five previous World Cups and reached the second round, three times.