Maigari: Nigeria will be ready

2014-06-09 12:56
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi (Supplied)
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi (Supplied)
Cape Town - Nigeria Football Federation president Alhaji Aminu Maigari is confident the national team will do the country proud at the upcoming World Cup finals.

The Super Eagles will kick off their Brazilian adventure against Iran on June 16, followed by crunch matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and finally Argentina to complete Group F.

And Maigari, who arrived in the South American country on Monday, is convinced Stephen Keshi's men will not disappoint on the global stage, despite having failed to win any of their last five friendly internationals leading up to this month's showpiece event.

"I want to assure Nigerians at home and in the diaspora that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in Brazil," Maigari told SL10.

"For sure, our people would have wanted the team to win the matches against Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Greece and USA. But we drew the first four and lost the last one.

"I have spoken with the Head Coach and he is optimistic that his boys will be ready for the finals. The earlier draws, and the loss to Team USA have afforded our boys a lot of lessons, which will be useful against Iran in the first match and subsequently.

"I have confidence in the team. From what I saw at the final training camp in USA, I believe the African champions are set to do Nigeria and Africa proud at the FIFA World Cup."
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