Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina both enter this second Group F match desperately needing a win.
In Bosnia- Herzegovina’s opener against Argentina, they only came in second best as the Dark Horses sweep them with Lionel Messi’s 2-1 pursuit.
Nevertheless, Bosnia proved to have much potential during the match, especially Vevad Ibisevic, sub, who scored the lone point in the Argentinian match. The Saint Louis University Billiken scored eight goals during the qualifying.
Also, Edin Dzeko, Bosnia- Herzegovina forward, is also a budding player for the team. They could really use his energy against Nigeria.
Though Nigeria’s performance is not at all impressive against Iran, Bosnia- Herzegovina coach Safet Susic may still have been thinking about shuffling his line up for the upcoming match. “I think I may change the squad, but it depends on the situation. Our players will train in different formations and combinations,” he said.
He still sees Nigeria as a threat, nevertheless. “Nigeria know how to play, and they can play much better.”
The Super Eagles are still in a stationary winless state for nine World Cup matches now. They are the only team in the tournament who has failed this much consecutively. Stephen Keshi, Nigeria team coach said, “The boys were nervous and unsettled; you don’t do that at this stage. It happens in football. We really didn’t perform as expected, but we have to move on.”
Also, another factor that might have contributed to the team’s unfocused performance is their heavy hearts. Recently, a lot of Nigerians were killed by a suicide bomber at a World Cup viewing venue last Tuesday.
But still, Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike may prove to be of great help for his team, as his record of 12 goals for the Fenerbahce in 2013-2014 is pretty impressive.