–NFF boss plays down Nigeria’s Winless pre-W/Cup Campaign
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigeria Football Federation president Aminu Maigari believes the Super Eagles will do Africa proud at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, despite their poor form in recent friendly games.
Stephen Keshi’s men enter the showpiece on the back of four win-less friendlies, the last of which, against the United States, ended in a 2-1 defeat.
But Maigari has called for calm, insisting Nigeria have a great chance in Group F having been handed Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Argentina as their opponents.
“I want to assure Nigerians at home and in the diaspora that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in Brazil,” said Maigari.
“For sure, our people would have wanted the team to win the matches against Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Greece and USA. But we drew the first four and lost the last one.
“I have spoken with the head coach and he is optimistic that his boys will be ready for the finals.
“The earlier draws, and the loss to (the) USA have afforded our boys a lot of lessons, which will be useful against Iran in the first match and subsequently.
“I have confidence in the team. From what I saw at the final training camp in USA, I believe the African
champions are set to do Nigeria and Africa proud at the FIFA World Cup.”