Former Nigeria striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has expressed his optimism that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Gernot Rohr’s men lost 1-0 to the Central African Republic in Lagos, before winning 2-0 in Douala in their recent qualifying matches.

The result left Rohr’s men as Group C leaders – in contention for a third-round ticket – having accrued nine points from four matches.

And the former Everton and Portsmouth star is confident the three-time African kings will be among the 32 teams to feature in Qatar, citing the depth of quality in Rohr’s squad.

“I think when any country wants to play Nigeria, they always give more and it gets tough,” Ayegbeni told Fifa in a video made available to Goal.

“We might have lost one game, but I still believe we’ve got a chance to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

“I think with the players we have in the team like [Wilfred] Ndidi as well as [Victor] Osimhen the striker, we have a chance to qualify.

“I’m not scared but I know we’ll qualify because we’ve got the players. We’ve struggled in the past to qualify for the World Cup, but I think with this team and the way they play now, and the countries they’re playing against now, I think we’ve got chances to pull through.”