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World Cup draw delights Oliseh

27 July 2015, 10:06

Lagos - Following the 2018 World Cup preliminary qualifying draw which will see Nigeria against Djibouti or Swaziland, Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh has expressed delight with the outcome of the draws held in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.

With Nigeria drawn bye from the first round of the African qualifiers, they will begin their campaign for a place at the 2018 finals in Russia in November 2015, away to the winner of the Djibouti vs Swaziland first round playoff.

While appealing for caution, the Super Eagles handler said there are a number of reasons for him to be happy.

Also read: Oliseh’s first Super Eagles list out in two weeks

“Of course, I am happy with the draw," Oliseh said.

“We are not playing the first round, which is a preliminary round and which we knew before the draw. We will also be playing the first leg of the second round away which means we have an advantage of playing the more crucial return leg at home, in front of our fans,” he told the NFF website. 

The Super Eagles gaffer also warned against complacency, revealing that there are a lot of dangerous teams around that could hurt if taken for granted.

“Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated. We respect every team and we will battle anyone that emerges with our full strength.

“With the draw now concluded, we can safely say that the race to Russia has officially started. I am optimistic we will run this race very well. We will give it our very best and pray it will be good enough to get us one of the five slots available for Africa,” he concluded.

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