However, the prestigious research agency did not include the Super Eagles among the teams expected to lift the trophy in July.
Nigeria's ex-international, Joseph Yobo, says he believes the current squad of the Super Eagles will excel in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "I hope you can prepare well and everything is going alright, and I really will love to see you play in Russian Federation, even if I will probably be in Sweden and watch it on TV".
Nigeria is drawn in Group D with Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia.
"Win your first game first, and prepare for the next one without thinking of the third game". I don't think it is good to lose the first game and begin to panic.
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Yobo was part of the Eagles team that lost to Argentina in 2010 and in 2014.
The CIES used the 2018 qualification stage matches and the clubs in which the country' s players represent as the basis for the rankings of the 32 World Cup bound teams.
The Swede said he will watch the Super Eagles' games from his base in Sweden. What is important is experience. "I really don't think the defence is as bad as is being portrayed".
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