NIGERIA’S midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has rated Argentina as the favourites of Group F of the Brazil 2014 World Cup but senses that the duo of Iran and Bosnia-Herzagovina consitute the major stumbling blocks to Super Eagles’ ambition to sail through the first round.
Mikel gave his assessment on Thursday in an interview with mtnfootball.com where he expressed the feelings that the team’s first game against Iran is a must-win.
“It is a good draw but not an easy one,” he observed.
“All the teams at the World Cup have same dream and that is to win. We will take all the games as they come with all seriousness. We will go for victory in the opening game against Iran, first game is always very important in such a competition.”
Mikel missed the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa where the Eagles lost by a lone goal to Argentina through injury and looking forward to the game in Brazil, the Chelsea midfielder insists the former world champions are the favourites.
“Argentina are favourites but Iran and Bosnia may be tougher. We will face all of them with seriousness and the zeal to win. I am sure we will progress from the group,’’ he said.