Super Eagles already dreaming of 2018 World Cup, says Mainz’s Leon Balogun

The defender is upbeat about the Super Eagles’ chances of playing in the World Cup next year and is confident of victory over the Indomitable Lions

Leon Balogun says Nigeria are already dreaming of playing in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia with four qualifying matches left.

The former Hannover defender will be hoping to make his first ever World Cup appearance for the Super Eagles, and has confessed that the 2013 Afcon champions have their eyes set in Russia and are ready to show supremacy over Cameroon.

He is confident that Gernot Rohr’s side can continue their winning streak in Group B with the fans' support which has been helpful.

“It's [Cameroon’s game] a crucial game and a home game we must win,” Balogun told

“At home we have everything under our control, we must use that to our advantage. Another advantage is Uyo, our current home ground. Uyo has become a fortress for us. I think it is one of the reasons for our successes in recent times.

“Uyo fans have shown so much love for the team and that has been very great. The ground is great and the training pitch is also good. And the Akwa Ibom State government has been very supportive of our cause.

“Cameroon is a strong team, after winning AFCON 2017 they've built up their confidence but by the time we will play them it would be six months after their win in Gabon, we must show them we want the win more than they do.

“We need to make sure we get the maximum three points to take our points’ tally to 9; that will give us a big edge over other teams including Cameroon. I'm seriously looking forward to the game; we want to show them that we are better than them.

“We are already dreaming of Russia 2018, but we know we must work harder. We will ensure we win all our matches especially our home games.”

Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June, Balogun also stated that the Super Eagles are unfazed to lock horns with coach-less South Africa and predicts a difficult fixture at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

“The thing is a coach guides a team, gives them idea on how to play and also presents a team that will play so it doesn't matter whether they have a coach or not, it's the players on the pitch that matters,” he continued.

“They are the ones who will perform and show their quality on the field. Perhaps before we play them, they would have hired a coach who will still give them idea on how to play us so I think it will be an interesting game.

“I played against South Africa once before; I know they have quality players and it will be tough game. I expect a hard game against South Africa.”

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