Nigeria travel to Brazil looking to qualify out of the group for the first time since 1998. With Argentina odds-on to be Group Winners in Group F, they’ll hope to reach the Second Round at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Getting to the last 16 could also be enough to see Nigeria crowned of the 2014 World Cup Top African Side, but they’ll need to be at their best to avoid being eliminated in the Group Stage.
HOW NIGERIA GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Receiving a bye to the Second Round of CAF Qualifying, Nigeria remained unbeaten to top Group F.
One of the teams seeded for the Third Round draw, the Super Eagles then saw off Group A winners Ethiopia with a 4-1 aggregate win - making it eight games without a loss and, more importantly, also assuring themselves a spot in Brazil this summer.
NIGERIA MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Following their 2013 African Cup of Nations win, Nigeria will once again have Stephen Keshi at the helm at a major International tournament.
And he will surely try his best to match Nigeria’s best previous World Cup performances. They reached the Second Round of both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, but have been eliminated in the Group Stage in each of their last two appearances (2002 and 2010.)
NIGERIA KEY PLAYER
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has improved leaps and bounds since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2006. which has allowed him to firmly establish himself within the Nigerian set-up.
Earning 51 caps and scoring four goals, Mikel is a key figure in the heart of the Super Eagles' midfield. With tough tackling and a keen eye for a pass, expect him to be a rock in front of the Nigerian defence in Brazil.
A lot will depend on how quickly the 26-year-old can turn defence into attack but, if he can make it as seamless as possible, Nigeria have every chance of upsetting the 2014 World Cup betting markets this summer.
NIGERIA 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
Nigeria will seemingly battle for second place in Group F with Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to determines who will qualify out of the group alongside Argentina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina scored freely in qualifying, while Nigeria struggled. So, expect their only points of the 2014 World Cup to come against Iran - as Nigeria finish third of Group F.
NIGERIA 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Daniel Akpeyi, Chigozie Agbim.
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Joseph Yobo, Kunle Odunlami.
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ramon Azeez, Ogenyi Onazi, Joel Obi, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Ejike Uzoenyi, Nosa Igiebor, Sunday Mba, Reuben Gabriel, Michael Babatunde.
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Obinna Nsofor, Peter Odemwingie, Michael Uchebo, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor.