In the latest Nigeria news, former coach Christian Chukwu is confident that his country can impress at this summer’s World Cup despite their mediocre friendly performances of late.
The Super Eagles have been tipped to struggle in Russia this year after being drawn in Group D.
Gernot Rohr’s men will take on Argentina, Iceland and Croatia during the group stages but their form in recent months has caused some fans to worry.
Nigeria lost to Serbia, before drawing with DR Congo, and they have since lost to England and the Czech Republic in their most recent friendlies.
Their performance against England will have unsettled some of their fans but the former Super Eagles coach has urged the nation to calm down.
He told Goal: “Friendly games do not really matter. What is important is their performance during the tournament.
“Winning friendly matches will only boost the team’s morale that’s all. So I think the preparation is in order.
“It is serving its purpose. I think they will do their best at the World Cup.”
West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini is out of the tournament after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.
The 25-year-old had been hoping to feature in Russia but he will now miss the next few months of action, including the start of the new Premier League campaign.