Nigeria Super Eagles have advanced to the 2014 World Cup knockout phase for the first time since 1998 despite current world champions – Spain as well as three times former world champion – Italy and other top teams like England eliminated out of the tournament at the group stage.
Nigeria is placed second in group F final table with 4 points and has qualified along side Argentina, despite being defeated by the South Americans by 2 – 3 in the final group match; while Bosnia defeated Iran 3 – 1. Apart for qualifying for the second round, Nigeria have set new records at the World Cup.
Stephen Keshi, head coach of Nigeria national team, became the first indigenous coach to take an African team to the second round of the world cup. Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana had previously reached second round and quarter Final respectively, but these African teams all had foreign coaches then.
Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria’s number one goal keeper, became the first African goal keeper ever to be named in FIFA XI. Enyeama, who conceded 3 goals in the match against Argentina, was still adjoined the best goal keeper of the world cup group stage.
Joseph Yobo, captain of the Nigerian side, got 100 caps playing for his country at 2014 world cup. He played his 100 game in the match between Nigeria and Argentina. Ejike Uzoenyi, MVP in 2013 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) also became the first Nigeria home based player to feature in a world cup match. Uzoenyi was brought in at 75 minutes of the second half in the match between Nigeria and Bosnia.
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