SEMI FINAL AIMS
After winning the African cup of nations for first time with this current generation, Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has said that he will be looking to make it into the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Nigeria have managed to win a total of three African cup of nations titles so far in their history.
However, African teams are yet to taste success in the FIFA World Cup. Due to the fact that Nigeria have a young average age within the squad, it is expected that they will be highly competitive at the World Cup that will take place in just over a year.
Keshi has said that the target to win the World Cup sometime in the future will start with the match against Kenya on Saturday. Nigeria are currently top of the group F after having won and drawn a game. The nation has so far made it into four World Cup finals, but they have not made it past the second round in the World Cup. The best performances for the team came in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups when they achieved this record. Keshi has compared the current Nigerian team to the successful team of the 1990s.
“We want to play at the Brazil 2014 World Cup, with the semifinal as our target and who says we cannot win the World Cup. But it has to start with a win against Harambee Stars on Saturday. I want us to play as champions of Africa. Yes, we were champions at the last Nations Cup in South Africa, but that is gone and gone forever,” said Keshi. Nigeria are widely expected to win this match given their superior record against Kenya. Since their first meeting in 1968, Kenya are yet to be Nigeria in 13 attempts.