Nevertheless, the former Arsenal star is confident that the west Africans can ‘be a big surprise’ at the quadrennial tournament.
“The FIFA World Cup is the greatest football tournament on the planet – every team dreams of being part of it and I am sure it will be a very special event in Russia,” Kanu was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country.”
The three-time African champions trade tackles with Czech Republic for their final pre-World Cup friendly game at Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion on Wednesday.