Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said Nigeria is prepared to make a statement at Russia 2018, adding that Friday’s draw was a decent one.

Nigeria on Friday in Moscow was drawn against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D of the competition’s first round phase.

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Speaking to newsmen on Saturday on the sidelines of the 2017 Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championships in Abuja, the minister said the draw was alright for Nigeria.

Dalung said: “In spite of the fact that Nigeria are underdogs, compared to the other teams in our group and based on their rankings in the world, the draw was good.

“But again, you have to look at how Nigeria prepared for the qualification competition. It is clear that Nigeria is determined to make a statement.

“Therefore, I am confident that Nigeria will surprise the world. We will be able to go as far as setting an African record, that is if we do not even make it to the final.”

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to kick off on June 14 and last till July 15.