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W’Cup: Algeria, Biggest Threat – Eseka …  Foxes Captain Expresses Confidence

Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 9:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Lagos – Chris Eseka, FIFA Accredited Players’ Agent, has tipped Algeria to qualify for the 2018 World Cup a head of other group B teams, Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.
These countries were pooled together on Friday in the World Cup draws conducted in Cairo, Egypt by FIFA.
He said that Algeria, as the most ranked African team, “is expected to qualify for the World Cup,” adding, “On paper, Algeria is the team to beat”
But, he argues that Nigeria could upset Algeria and the other two teams, provided the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did what was expected of them.
“If we stay united, focused, do the right things, we can qualify.
“I mean selecting the right players, good training, good mentality, good reaction, merit based selection, and there is clarity of purpose and commitment on the part of us all.”
He said that the above would depend on hiring the right coach to manage the team.
According to him, we got to this sorry state due to failure to build on past success.
“We are in hot soup; our hearts are in our mouth because of the draw. The draw pitches three teams that qualified for the last two World Cups together.
“We are where we are today because after our golden generation, we’ve been trying trial and error. We failed to build on that foundation, if we were where we should be, no team in Africa will be a threat to us.
He said that more than 50 per cent of Nigerians know that the country won’t qualify for the World Cup, but that many were expressing optimism simply because of patriotism.
Meanwhile, Algeria captain, Sofiane Feghouli, is confident that they will qualify for the World Cup.
Commenting on the draw, Feghouli said: “We are in a difficult group but with the people of Algeria totally behind us, and or quality and commitment, we have all the chances of clinching a historic third successive World Cup ticket.”