Playing in a World Cup group containing Argentina, Croatia and Iceland was always going to be difficult, even before Nigeria’s poor form in recent friendly games factored into the equation.
The team lost 2-1 and 1-0 to England and Czech Republic in warm up matches ahead of the Mundial.
But Eagles fans are hoping coach Gernot Rohr can work wonders at the World Cup using his tactical knowhow and extensive international experience.
Since taking over two years ago, the former Gabon and Niger Republic coach has built a tight unit.
To have such a coach should give the team confidence.
The Eagles came through a very tough qualification group. Now they are focused only on performing well at the World Cup.
It will not be easy but the team also know that they are good enough to make the country proud.
The Eagles qualified for the World Cup by finishing at the top of its African group.
Scoring goals is going to be the main issue for the team. While the Eagles are well-organized defensively under Rohr, finding the net hasn’t been easy in the last five games.