Many Nigerians just want an honourable showing for their darling Super Eagles at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

That could mean a place in the quarter final, which is one step better than their best record. Anything more will be a bonus.

But the kind of optimism being displayed by the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick, leaves one wondering if he has checked history.

He has declared that Nigeria can lift the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the light of the preparations the association is putting in place.

Pinnick expressed the optimism this during the official opening of the Federation’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Jos on Thursday.

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The NFF president said that the country was well positioned now after it had overcome the challenges that bedeviled the nation’s football, particularly the previous year.

“Our highest achievement is the qualification for the World Cup. Secondly, the preparations for world cup have commenced in earnest as compared to the previous years.

“With the kind of preparations we are putting in place, I think we can win the World Cup,” he said.


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On the financial aspect, Pinnick said that NFF had been given a clean bill of health, according to the report he received the previous night.

The federation’s president commended the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, for his unflinching support to the football house.

According to him, the minister made sure that the federation met all its needs during the Super Eagles’ qualification for the world cup.

He said Dalung’s support also made the nation’s early qualification possible, with the Algeria match being a mere formality.

Declaring the Assembly open, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau thanked NFF for choosing the state for the event in spite of the recent violent incidents caused by unidentified gunmen.

Dalung, who was represented by the state Commissioner of Sports, Mr Danladi Mann, commended the football house’s efforts at improving the administration of the nation’s football.

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