By George Aluo
Nigerian soccer legend, Nwankwo Kanu has declared that he sees the Super Eagles surprising the world at the Russia 2018 World Cup which kicks off June 14.
Kanu spoke over the weekend when he joined other FIFA legends to open the FIFA World Cup Football Park in Kaliningrad, the city where the Eagles would begin their campaign against Croatia.
It would be noted that soccer fans in Kaliningrad got an early treat of what to expect from June 14 when FIFA legends and and local football stars came together to celebrate the final countdown to the soccer fiesta.
The FIFA Legends line-up comprised goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuehler (Switzerland), defenders Wes Brown (England) and Cafu (Brazil), midfielders Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) and Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria), and Nuno Gomes (Portugal) up front. They took on a team of Russian Legends including Ruslan Nigmatullin, Dmitri Sennikov, Dmitri Khlestov, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Andrei Tikhonov and Aleksandr Panov.
FIFA in a release made available to the media quoted Kanu as saying that the Eagles would surprise the world in Russia.
In Kanu’s word:”Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country.”
On the city of Kaliningrad, Kanu stated: “It is a very nice city with very nice people. It’s really good to be here. The stadium is fantastic, I liked the atmosphere inside and also enjoyed being in the players’ dressing room. The pitch is marvellous and, actually, that’s all you need as a player. The FIFA World Cup is the greatest football tournament on the planet – every team dreams of being part of it and I am sure it will be a very special event in Russia