Former Nigeria international Ike Shorunmu believes that the Super Eagles is still feared and can hold their own against Cameroon, Algeria, and Zambia after they were paired together in Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The 48-year-old who was the first choice goalkeeper for Nigeria during the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea is confident about the Super Eagles chances but advised that good preparation must be put in place to ensure qualification.
“Our opponents are big names on the continent of Africa – Algeria have the best player in the English premier league for last season Riyad Mahrez, Zambia are currently doing well as well as Cameroon but know this, any country that wants to face Nigeria even if we parade under-17 players they will be on their toes.
“For me, the past glory of Cameroon and Algeria doesn’t count as we need to focus on the present but preparation is key for the Super Eagles,” Shorunmu said.
The former Zürich and Beşiktaş shotstopper continued: “We need to transmit confident from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to the coaches then to the players but for me qualification is 50/50.
“I have no fears that we can qualify but we need to prepare very well for the challenges ahead.”
Nigeria will kick-off the road to 2018 World Cup with an away fixture against the Chipolopolo of Zambia on October 3 before hosting their first home match against Africa’s highest ranked team, Algeria on November 7 while other fixtures will come up in 2017.