President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick says some ‘top’ countries are scared of being drawn alongside Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup.
The draw for the football showpiece will take place on Friday in Russia.
Pinnick said on Monday at the launching ceremony of the *1945# code for next year’s tournament that Nigeria can play any country.
he added that any team that makes it to the competition is capable of winning it.
“The same way we are panicking, so also other countries are panicking to meet Nigeria. Even though we are in the last pot, nobody wants Nigeria to be in their group,” Pinnick said.
“I can tell you that, I talk to my colleagues globally and they call to say they don’t want Nigeria to be in their group.”
The NFF boss also said, “Nigeria is rated in their minds as one of the first four teams in the world because beating Argentina is no mean feat.
“So every country is scared. And that’s why I said people should not look at the Fifa ranking, it’s just numbers and numbers don’t lift trophies, it’s your determination, resilience and prayers that do.”