Former Nigeria Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu believes that the current African Champions will make it out of the Group F ahead of Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2014 World Cup.
The Super Eagles were fairly drawn in a group that consists of Argentina, Bosnia and Iran; with the Argentinians the only major threat.
As a result, the Arsenal legend, Kanu, has tipped both Nigeria and twice winners Argentina to reach the knock out stages.
Having played at three World Cups with Nigeria in1998, 2002 and 2010, Kanu, as he is commonly called, feels that the Super Eagles now possess the formidable force which is required for them to do well in Brazil.
And whilst speaking to the media, Kanu, also urged the Eagles to put up the required attitude towards preparation.
“With sustained preparation, why not? The first match is very important and, of course, yes, they will qualify ahead of Bosnia and Iran,” Kanu told CompleteSports.
“Yes if we believe. At the same time we've to work hard by preparing very well. This is World Cup, not a friendly game.
“We don't have to say we still have time to start preparation. If we put our acts together, prepare well and have that self belief, why not, semi final is not an impossible target.”
Nigeria begin their campaign against Iran on June 16 in Curitiba, Brazil.
And later on, they would take on debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 21 in Cuiaba, before facing the Lionel Messi's led Argentine force on June 25 in Porto Alegre.
Perhaps, Nigeria may truly perform more than expectations as the playing prowess they possess in recent matches, lends them credence.
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