Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr is upbeat his team will be among the five African representatives at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The West Africans have failed to make it to the World Cup finals only once since their first participation at the 1994 edition in the United States of America.
Rohr’s charges will face Liberia, Cape Verde and Central African Republic in the second round of the qualifiers.
The German is adamant the Super Eagles will cross the hurdle and make it to Qatar.
“We have three opponents in the group and have to respect all of them. Liberia are a team that can’t be underestimated as we saw when we beat them in a friendly,”Rohr told FIFA.com.o
“As for Cape Verde, they have players of Portuguese and Brazilian origin, and they can beat any team. Central African Republic are an unknown quantity for us, which makes it more difficult.
“I think the group is tough, but we believe in our capabilities. Given that we qualified from the group of death for Russia 2018, we’re confident we can make it this time as well.”
The Super Eagles have failed to make it beyond the second round stage in all of their outings at the mundial.
Rohr hopes he can create history by leading the three-time African champions to the quarter-finals.
“We’ll take it one step at a time. First we need to qualify, and if we do that, we’ll look at our group at the finals,” he added.
“We’ll try to progress to the knockout stage, which we got very close to two years ago. We have to work hard to achieve that.”