The Nigeria Football Federation has set a semi-final target for the Super Eagles as they continue preparations for their fifth World Cup outing.
Speaking on behalf of the body governing the game in the country, vice president Chief Mike Umeh said the NFF is expecting the African champions to surpass the quarter final feat of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in previous outings of the quadrennial world football showpiece.
“That has been discussed. No African team has surpassed the quarterfinals [of a Fifa World Cup]. Let us be the first African team that can scale that hurdle. That’s our target,” Umeh told Supersport.com.
“When a team reaches the semifinals of a major tournament, anything can happen. However, I will not say we will win the trophy in Brazil next year. That will be unrealistic,” he said.
The astute football administrator also cleared the air on reported plans by the NFF to hire a foreign technical adviser to lead the Eagles to Brazil.
“I am not God and anything could happen between now and the next six months when we will compete at the World Cup.
“However, the NFF has asked [Keshi] to take us to the World Cup. He’s a very good coach and has brought some innovations to Nigerian football. He has done very well and I pray God helps him to succeed at the World Cup,” he concluded.