Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is certain that they will prove their critics wrong at the World Cup this summer

The Super Eagles arrive at Russia on the back of three straight defeats in their warm-up games against Serbia, England and the Czech Republic.

Nigeria will be facing the likes of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D and are expected to have an early exit at Russia due to the fact that they are the lowest placed-team in the latest FIFA rankings.

“We like where we’ve been placed. We don’t want to be one of the favourites,” Mikel told Al Jazeera, via

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“I think this will give the team enough motivation to prove critics wrong that we can actually do better than they actually feel.”

The former Chelsea midfielder has scored six goals in his 83 appearances at international level for Nigeria.

In the previous World Cup four years ago in Brazil, the Eagles progressed to the Round of 16 stage before losing 2-0 to France.


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