Confidence is sky high in the Nigerian football set up, as this weekend saw the team qualify for their second consecutive World Cup finals.

A 4-1 victory over Ethiopia in the Africa section play-offs sealed their qualification and capped off a successful year for the Super Eagles who were crowned African Cup of Nations champions in February. 

It is this victory that makes the Nigerian stopper Victor Enyeama believe that they have the ability to win the competition.

He told reporters: "[Are we going] to make an impression at the World Cup? No, we can actually win it." 

He went on to add: "I wouldn't be surprised if Nigeria win the World Cup one day - maybe with me. It's just a matter of time and moment. Everything is possible. Impossible is nothing."

However, there are flaws in the optimism of the Nigerian stopper, as in both their 2002 and 2010 campaigns they failed to win a single game, meaning that they didn't make it past the group stages of the tournament. 

In fact, the team haven't actually won a game since beating Bulgaria to reach the knock out stages of the tournament at the 1998 World Cup in France. 

In the wider context of African football, no team has ever made it past the quarter-finals of the World Cup, with Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana all falling at this stage. Thus, even to make the semi-finals of the tournament, it will take a history-making performance from the Super Eagles, one of the all time great World Cup performances. 

They will be buoyed though by a strong 2-2 draw against 2006 World Cup winners Italy this week at Craven Cottage, especially as it was manger Stephen Keshi's first friendly against European opposition.

It was good preparation for what they hope to be a successful summer, recreating and bettering such results to hopefully avenge at least their group stage demons and maybe prove Enyeama right, although in reality the chances are very slim. 

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