Presidential hopeful, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, is not losing sleep over Super Eaglesâ€™ chances at the Russia 2018 World Cup which is barely ten days to kick off.
Moghaluâ€™s optimism is hinged on the exposure accruing from tune up matches against tough opposition, which according to the political economist, was not only a dress rehearsal but good for their nerves.
He said: â€œ I believe strongly in this team. The friendly games have emboldened our players. The world will, for a change, see something spectacular from our country beyond insecurity and corruption. These boys are carrying the undiluted love of 180 million Nigerians. In soccer, we are one tribe, one tongueâ€.
While commending the NFF for settling all financial obligations in good time, Moghalu believes the duo of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses are destined for great heights at the Mundial.
â€œWe have not seen the best of Iwobi yet. That boy carries Nigeria on his head in the field of play. His uncle, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, did wonders with the ball. Iwobi will dance more than â€˜cha cha chaâ€™ in Russia. Moses will have planet earth in his cleats with tantalising runs from the wingsâ€, the former Central Bank Deputy Governor added.
Moghalu is eyeing Aso Villa on the platform of a new party, the Young Progressive Party (YPP), and is glad the Eagles are going to Russia with a very young team. â€œ Our party is investing in the endless creativity of the Nigerian youth. Thatâ€™s part of our youth empowerment objectiveâ€™â€™, he explained.
On Skipper John Mikel Obi, Moghalu wants him to quit on a high. â€œMikel has shown patriotism at its best. He bagged a silver medal at the 2005 World Youth Championships and picked bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics. I wish God could turn silver and bronze to something more precious in Russiaâ€.