Chelsea player Mikel Obi has said that the Super Eagles of Nigeria are set for success as they begin their quest for glory at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking to the Press at the Eagle’s training Camp in Campinas during their training session, Obi said the Eagles were ready to turn around previous dismal world cup outings by making it past the second round of the tournament.
“This is my first World Cup,” said Obi.
“I want to make sure we achieve something coming here. We don’t just want to come and make up the numbers, we want to do well.”
Obi joins his Chelsea Team mates Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike in Coach Stephen Keshi’s World Cup Squad.
The Nigerian side are under even more pressure as they are the current African Champions after winning `the Africa Nations Cup last year. While this is great for morale within the team, the world will expect a level of performance from the team that is supposed to be the best in Africa and this comes with added pressure.
According to Obi, the team ‘love the challenge and are doing everything in their power to do well’.
“Things are going in the right direction for us at the moment,” he said. “The younger lads won the under-17 World Cup and we won the Africa Nations last year so if we can bring the same determination that we did in the Africa Nations into this World Cup it will be very good for us.”
Nigeria face Iran on Monday at 8pm at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba in Brazil.