Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa has stated that the Super Eagles target a place in the semi-finals round in the impending 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 25-year-old, while urging his colleagues in the national team to envision big goals ahead the Mundial, stated that the three-time African champions are not going to the World Cup to make numbers but to pose challenges, even to the last-four phase of the tourney.
”We need to set our sights high. Nigeria want to do more than just get past the group phase. We want to make the quarter-finals and even the semis. Why not?”, Musa said on FIFA.com
The forward, who netted a brace in the Eagles’ 3-2 defeat to Argentina four years ago, played down the strength of the South American giants, stating the West Africans will put up a solid display regardless of the opposition’s pedigree.
”It doesn’t matter who we come up against; we’ll be giving it our best shot at the World Cup. We’ll be trying our hardest in every match, no matter the opposition.”
Faced with difficulty in getting playing time at Leicester City, Musa harbours hope of making the Super Eagles squad to the global football showpiece.
”I hope I get selected. The World Cup is a very important event for any player,” Musa added.
Nigeria’s Group D matches at Russia 2018:
Croatia – Nigeria (16 June, Kaliningrad Stadium)
Nigeria – Iceland (22 June, Volgograd Arena)
Nigeria – Argentina (26 June, Saint Petersburg Stadium)