Nigeria vows to surprise at FIFA World Cup

Abuja, Jan 14: Nigeria are determined to make an impact at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) chief Aminu Maigari said Tuesday.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, which clinched the Africa’s National Team of the Year at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards Jan 9, will dazzle spectators and prove that the West African country can conquer the world in football, Xinhua quoted the sports administrator as saying.

“I won’t specifically predict how far Nigeria will go at the World Cup but what I am certain about is that the Super Eagles will do wonders. Nigeria will shake the world and I am being optimistic that the team will do what I can describe as a turn around to the favour of this (African) continent,” Maigari said.

According to him, the team has improved tremendously and can hold their own against some of the best football nations.

The Nigerian team conquered Africa exactly a year ago, at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in South Africa.

“We have developed rapidly over the last two years,” he added.

He said the Super Eagles would be engaged in top friendly matches that would strengthen the team ahead of the world cup outing in Brazil.

Nigeria had a remarkable 2013 and the football federation will do the best within its capacity to consolidate on last year’s sterling performance, Maigari said, adding, “this year is going to be a much more eventful year because of the World Cup.”

Nigeria will play in Group F of the global event, alongside Argentina, Bosnia Hezegovena and Iran.

The Nigerian team will first play against Iran before its showdown with Bosnia and Hezegovena and Argentina.

IANS