The former Arsenal striker believes that, on the back of the team's Africa Cup of Nations success earlier this year, the Super Eagles can challenge the rest of the world in Brazil
By Lunga Ntuli
Nwankwo Kanu has claimed that Nigeria have their sights set on winning World Cup 2014 on behalf of Africa.
No nation from the continent has got further than the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament, with Ghana coming closest to becoming the first African team to reach the last four when they exited the competition on penalties against Uruguay in 2010.
Ex-Arsenal striker Kanu, however, believes that the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions have the team ethic and coaching quality to qualify for Brazil next summer and stage a shock.
The 37-year-old told Goal: "We are definitely going to the World Cup next year and we want to win the Cup for Africa. About the upcoming Malawi match - we are ready for it and we will do our best.
"We have a good squad that is competent enough to take us to the World Cup and make us shine on the world map.
"We want players that are hungry for success and players who will play for the country with pride and dignity. That is the main reason we have such a squad. Although we can still have experienced players, nobody owns a space, they all need to work hard.
"We have a great coaching team behind the players and that is what makes us the best in Africa."
The Super Eagles' continental success at the start of 2013 ensured their qualification for June's Confederations Cup, but they were unable to get beyond a group containing Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti.
To reach 2014's World Cup finals, Stephen Keshi's men must not lose at home to Caf Group F opponents Malawi on September 7 and then beat whomever they are drawn against in the knock-out round over two legs.