President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said the target of the Super Eagles is to make a major impression at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup by playing far beyond the second round into the quarter and semi final stages and possibly challenge for the title.
The Super Eagles became the first African nation to qualify for the World Cup after beating the Chipolopolo of Zambia one-nil on Saturday evening at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (Nest of Champions), Uyo.
Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, came in for Moses Simon in the middle of the second half to change the tempo of what was looking like a drag, charging hard at the visitors and finding the net after less than ten minutes of his introduction.
The results puts the Super Eagles safe at 13 points to pick the CAF Zone Group B ticket with yet a game to spare in the qualifying series.
Speaking on the development, Amaju thanked all Nigerians for supporting the Super Eagles and believing in the NFF but pointed out that the qualification of the teem to the World Cup only indicates that it’s time to work more on the team.
“We are very happy and truly grateful to all Nigerians for the qualification. What has happened is a result of hard work and sacrifice from all sides. I am particularly happy about two things, that we have rebuilt the team and that we have youth in its thrust,” Amaju said.
That is not to say the team is perfect yet. There is still much work to be done. Our qualification is only a signal to us to work more on the team. We want to make a prominent impression at the Russia World Cup. It cannot no longer be about getting to the second round. We must get beyond that and into the crucial stages and possibly challenge for the title. To achieve this we know we need to line up a good programme for the preparation of the team and we already have this arranged. The Super Eagles will engage the top teams that you know. In due course, we would unveil them.”