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France defender Bacary Sagna has admitted that the Africa Champions. Nigeria are a threat to their title chase, and warned his team-mates ahead of their FIFA World Cup second-round clash.
The French team, qualified from Group E with total of 7 points, beating Honduras 3-0 in the opening game and then ousted Switzerland 5-2, before sealing their top spot with 0-0 draw with Ecuador.
Sagna who has had only appearance out of this tournament in Wednesday’s draw against Ecuador gave notice of the problems the African outfit will pose Didier Deschamps’ men.
“They are the best African team at the moment,” the Manchester City-bound full-back said on Soccerway.
“They have very good players. Some play in the biggest European clubs, especially in England.
“They will fight and they have a lot of qualities. But we want to concentrate on ourselves. As players, we aspire to go as far as possible, to win trophies”.
“It would be a failure not to win the trophy. Initially, we wanted to qualify from the group.
Now, we want to go step by step. There are 11 players who will start but the 23 are important. The atmosphere is very important and we try to keep this dynamic.”