Nigeria’s Anthony Ujah tips Super Eagles to reach semis of World Cup

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Ujah began his career at Nigerian side Warri Woles before joining Lillestrom on a four-year deal in February 2010

Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah now says he will not be pained if he fails to make the squad for 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Coach Gernot Rohr is yet to name the squad for the tournament where the Super Eagles will take on former champions ArgentinaCroatia and Iceland in Group D.

Striker Ujah now says he will not be suprised if he misses out. Speaking to Goal after his German side Mainz floored Leipzig 3-0 to keep their survival hopes in Bundesliga alive, Ujah maintained that Nigeria have many players, who can play in his position.

"I will not be suprised if I don't make the squad to World Cup. I will understand the situation because I just joined Mainz and am yet to start playing for the team. That will be a decision by the coach and one thing is for sure, Nigeria have many players, who can play in my position."

Ujah however, tipped Nigeria to make it to the semi-finals of the competition in Russia. "Nigeria are in a tough group but I know they will make it from the Group stages. They have a good coach and good players who can compete well in the competition."

Ujah rejoined German side from Chinese club Liaoning FC for an undisclosed fee and signed a three-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2021 during the January transfer window.

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The 27-year-old scored twice in 17 appearances for the club in the 2011-12 season before he switched to Cologne. The forward, who has six Nigeria caps, courted controversy at Cologne when he pulled the horns of the club’s goat mascot after scoring a goal.

In the 2015/16 season he played for Werder Bremen in the German top-flight scoring 14 goals in 37 games, 14 goals, before switching to China in July 2016.

Ujah began his career at Nigerian side Warri Wolves before joining Lillestrom on a four-year deal in February 2010.