The Super Eagles will play in their sixth appearance in seven FIFA World Cup finals since making a memorable debut in the USA in 1994.
Since emerging from an appropriately –styled ‘Group of Death’ in the African qualifying series, becoming the first African team to reach the finals in Russia, the Eagles have played against Argentina, Poland, Serbia, DR Congo, England and Czech Republic in friendlies, winning two, drawing one and losing three.
Sweet victories over two–time world champions Argentina (finalists at the last finals in Brazil) and Poland were followed by defeat by Serbia, a draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo and losses to England and the Czech Republic.
Despite the recent setbacks, striker Odion Ighalo insists the Super Eagles will do well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The West Africans are up against Croatia on Saturday in their opening match and the Changchun Yatai striker says they are working hard.
Ighalo has stated that the Super Eagles have been working tirelessly in unity to live up to the World Cup expectations of many Nigerians.
The former Watford striker is expected to lead the line for Nigeria when they take on Croatia in Kaliningrad and admitted the team is drawn against tough Group D opponents.
“We know what is at stake and we won’t disappoint, that’s just all I can say,” Ighalo told CompleteSportsNigeria.
“The group is tough but we know what we must do to advance without pressure.”
Nigeria are making their sixth appearance at the global tournament and their second match is against Iceland in Volvograd, followed by their final group game against Argentina in Saint Petersburg.