The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has set its sights on a semifinal target for the Super Eagles at the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.
Nigeria will be making a fifth appearance at the World Cup finals and the NFF believes anything less than a last four finish at the tournament will leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
Vice president of the NFF, Mike Umeh who made this known to Hotsportingtruth, believes the feat can be achieved.
“That has been discussed. No African team has surpassed the quarterfinals (of a Fifa World Cup). Let us be the first African team that can scale that hurdle. That’s our target,” Umeh exclusively told Hotsportingtruth.
The NFF chief however ruled out the Super Eagles’ chances of winning the trophy in Brazil next year.
“When a team reaches the semifinals of a major tournament, anything can happen.
“However, I will not say we will win the trophy in Brazil next year. That will be unrealistic,” he said.
Umeh also stressed that rumours about the NFF making plans to shop for a foreign trainer for the Super Eagles are unfounded.
“I am not God and anything could happen between now and the next six months when we will compete at the World Cup.
“However, the NFF has asked him (Keshi) to take us to the World Cup. He’s a very good coach and has brought some innovations to Nigerian football.
“He has done very well and I pray God helps him to succeed at the World Cup,” he concluded.


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