Nigeria can reach World Cup quarter-finals – Babangida

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Former Nigeria international
Tijani Babangida has tipped
the Super Eagles to reach
the quarter-finals of the
World Cup this year.
The African side have been drawn in Group F
alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran
and begin their campaign against the latter on June
Babangida was a part of the team that reached the
second round at the 1998 World Cup in France and
he believes the country can reach the last-eight of
the competition this time around.
“I have absolute confidence in the ability of the Super
Eagles to qualify to the second round and go as far
as the quarter-final of this World Cup,” he told Goal .
“Don’t forget that we are the African champions and
we are expected to do well in this competition.”
The former Ajax player added that the surprise
exclusion of midfielder Sunday Mba was due to
“As regards to Mba’s case, last week I was in Lagos
and I told a friend of mine that, if it is the Keshi I
knew very well, Mba won’t make that list as a result
of coming late to camp, especially coming to camp
when the coach was already rounding up as regards
to the players he wanted to pick for the World Cup.
“So I think Mba should be blamed for not making the
list that ordinarily he ought to have, based on his
previous heartwarming performances at the Africa
Cup of Nations, where he emerged as the
tournament revelation from Nigeria.
“I was very disappointed to hear that Mba did not
make the final cut for the World Cup.
“I am also happy that players like the team captain
Joseph Yobo and Osaze Odemwingie made the list
while I also felt disappointed that we couldn’t take
the seven players dropped to the World Cup because
they are all good players.
“Right now I believe that we are set for the
competition and the Eagles will definitely do well in

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