Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze has declared that he and his colleagues in Nigeria’s national team, Super Eagles, are ready to take on any team that comes their way in the draw for the 2022 World Cup, megasportsarena.com reports.
Baring his mind on his permutations heading into the Africa qualifiers’ draw, billed for Tuesday at Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, Chukwueze said he does not have any preferences about teams he would love to play in the same group or to avoid, as he believes all countries in the pool have equal chances of scaling through.
While affirming that the Eagles will be ready to face any team, Chukwueze added that the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 bronze medalists, who are currently ranked third in the continent on the monthly world football ratings by FIFA, will be prepared to face any country they get from the draw, as they are determined to make it all the way to Qatar 2022.
FIFA’s current rankings mean Nigeria, who pooled 1,493 points to stay third in Africa, will avoid other top rated African teams, as they will be seeded for Tuesday’s ceremony, during which the top ten nations will be placed in Pot 1, along with Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pot 2 will have Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Guinea, Uganda, Cape Verde, Gabon, Benin, Zambia, and Congo Brazzaville, Pot 3 has Madagascar, Mauritania, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Central Africa, Zimbabwe, Niger, Namibia, and Guinea-Bissau, while Pot 4 has Malawi, Angola, Togo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Djibouti.
However, the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist added that it is wrong to think one team is weaker than another at the moment, but posited that they are all equally tough, and then stressed that Nigeria will not take any opponent for granted.
Chukwueze told AOIFootball.com: “Anyone they bring for us will be good, every team is tough in Africa so we are going to try our best against any team that falls in our group. We know it will be very tough, but we are prepared for battle.”