Leadership (Abuja)

22 June 2014

Nigeria: 16 Years After, Nigeria Get World Cup Win

Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Nigeria's players celebrate their victory, 16 years after last winning a World Cup encounter.

Super Eagles this morning beat Bosnia and Herzagovina 1-0 to record their first World Cup win since 1998 and get their campaign back on track.

Stoke City of England forward, Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal of the match in 29th-minute, after a solo muscular run and cross by Emmanuel Emenike. The victory lifted Coach Stephen Keshi to second place in the group with four points, behind already-qualified Argentina who have six points.

The African champions who face Argentina in their final group game on Wednesday, would needs a point to guarantee advancing to the second round. Third-placed Iran, with one point, take on the Bosnians in the other final match of the group needing nothing less than a win to stand any chance of pipping Nigeria to the last 16.

Bosnia, beaten 2-1 by Argentina are already out of the competition irrespective of the outcome of final group match against Iran.

The last time Nigeria recorded victory at the World Cup was in France 1998. Their two last previous appearances in Korea/Japan 2012 and South Africa 2010 were without single win while the team failed to qualify for Germany 2006 World Cup.

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