Nigeria plans best World Cup record in Brazil

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A mem­ber of the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Chris Green says Nigeria’s tar­get is to sur­pass their pre­vi­ous World Cup record at this year’s event in Brazil.

Nigeria’s best ef­forts have been sec­ond round plac­ings in 1994 and 1998, but Green says that is no longer good enough.

“We don’t want to take any­thing for granted. Our tar­get in Brazil is to sur­pass our pre­vi­ous records at the World Cup,” he said.

To do so, Green said the NFF are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to help Stephen Keshi in his prepa­ra­tions.

“We have the team to achieve our ob­jec­tive, and we are com­mit­ted to giv­ing the coach all the sup­port he needs to help him suc­ceed.

“As a fed­er­a­tion, we have worked hard to im­prove the po­si­tion and sta­tus of Nige­rian foot­ball from the days when ev­ery­thing that could go wrong al­ways seemed to do so.

“Now, there are no more cases of friendlies on the pages of news­pa­pers, or can­celled friendlies, or pick­ing play­ers from the streets to play matches in ob­scure places.

“We have also se­cured a very good, world-class base for the team in Brazil that ev­ery­one is happy about, and we are work­ing even harder be­hind the scenes to make sure this team does well at the World Cup.”

Chris Green

An­dres Ini­esta of Spain takes on Fe­gor Ogude of Nigeria dur­ing the FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup 2013.

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