“If we give 100 percent we can beat any team,” the experienced Swede said after landing in this Indian Ocean city where the ‘Super Eagles’ will plot the downfall of Group B rivals Argentina, Greece and South Korea.
Pundits expect twice world champions Argentina, led by national legend Diego Maradona, to top the group with the race for the other place in the knockout second round wide open.
But Lagerbäck struck an upbeat note:
“The ‘Super Eagles’ are ready to take on the best in the world and we know there are high expectations, especially from our supporters.”
“It has been wonderful since I took over. The attitude of the players has been great and we prepared well,” said the coach who replaced Shaibu Amodu soon after Nigeria finished third at the African Nations Cup last January.
Nigeria are scheduled to play a warm-up against World Cup rank outsiders North Korea in Tembisa east of Johannesburg on Sunday before facing Argentina on June 12 in their first group outing.