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2018 W’Cup Ticket’ll Be Tough

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 1:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen  –  Lagos

Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has warned that qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia would be a tough task, but said that the team’s major priorities would be to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

Nigeria will play winners of the World Cup first round match between Djibouti and Swaziland for a place in the group phase after been drawn bye during Saturday’s draws.

Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh

However, Oliseh insisted that he was confident the team would take the first hurdle but that the road to Russia would be tough.

“It is going to be very, very difficult, but I believe we can qualify. All we have to do is look at ourselves, try to improve our game and hopefully we will qualify,” Oliseh told FIFA.com during an interview.

“We all have dreams, and I am hoping I will be as successful as I can be. But one has to be realistic also. We have just started, and our first step is to hopefully just win the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania. That is what I am praying for. Game by game.”

Oliseh, who will be assisted by Belgian coach, Jean Francois Losciuto, will begin the task of preparing the Super Eagles for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania in the first week of September.

The 40-year-old, who had captained the Super Eagles during a golden period in its international history, winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic gold in 1996, will be looking to rebuild the side over the coming months.

Despite been criticised for his lack of coaching experience, Oliseh believed that results would tell whether he’s capable of handling the team or not.

“I don’t think that is a drawback though. Time will tell, but I took the job to be successful. But first we have to qualify,” he said.

“Our ambition is to get the best to play for Nigeria, and football is getting faster these days and it keeps getting faster and faster. The tempo is different now, and we can see in the first division of most nations that is where the tempo is.”

“When I came into Nigeria to have talks, I came out of the airport and I knew there was no going back because all the way from the airport, my countrymen where saying: ‘You have to take the job, you have to take the job.’ So I did.”

“We are practically starting from scratch, so that is why I am saying that people should not expect miracles from us.”vv