Former Nigeria internationals, Tijani Babangida, Joseph Dosu and Garba Lawal, thought of the qualifying group for the Super Eagles Qatar 2022 at the FIFA World Cup, Completesports.com reports.
On Tuesday, the draw for the next World Cup was held with the Eagles of Group C, alongside Cape Verde, Liberia and the Republic of Central Africa.
The 14 winners of the First Round joined the top 26 teams in Africa in the draw.
The 40 teams were divided into 10 groups of four for the second qualifying round.
The 10 group winners will be drawn at home and away games, with the five winners advancing to Qatar in 2022.
Speaking to Completesports.com, Babangida, who was at the 1998 World Cup in France, expressed confidence that the Eagles should move into the qualifying playoffs.
"It is a very good match for the Super Eagles," said the former Ajax winger and gold medal winner in Atlanta in 1996.
“Looking at the other teams, I think that Cape Verde is not a bad side, we all saw its rise, especially at the 2013 African Nations Cup.
“But that said, the Eagles can grow in qualifying because we have a young and strong team. Therefore, we hope that, as they progress from this stage, they will be well prepared to face any team in the final qualification.
"So, I'm tipping the Super Eagles to go through this group."
Dosu, who was on goal in the Eagles opening two games against Burkina Faso and Kenya during the 1998 World Cup qualifier, said: "We pray for luck and this time luck has shone on us," he told Completesports.com.
“Unlike the last World Cup qualifier in which we were in a very difficult group, this time we are in a very favorable group.
“We will certainly qualify especially with the type of players we have now. They are doing well in their various clubs.
“We have players who are ready to give everything away in a green and white shirt because no body wants to lose its position due to competition on the team now.
"I believe we are good at participating in the group," said the gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
However, Lawal, twice a FIFA World Cup star in 1998 and 2002, urged caution, but said the Eagles are good enough to qualify.
He told Completesports.com: “As we all know, there are no easy games in football, especially here in Africa. Every game is very important.
“And playing against the Super Eagles, other teams always want to do their best, which makes it difficult.
“But there is no cause for alarm, I believe we have what it takes to qualify. And based on the players we currently have, it shouldn't be a problem, but they shouldn't underestimate other teams. "
By James Agberebi