Former Super Eagles defender, Celestine Babayaro, has predicted the country will shine at Brazil 2014 irrespective of the first round group they are drawn in tomorrow.
"The Eagles would excel irrespective of the group they would find themselves," Babayaro said ahead of Friday’s draw in Brazil.
"Nigeria have shown the world that we are back in the world of football. We went to South Africa and won the (African) Nations Cup.
"Now, it is for us to go to the World Cup. The draw is going to be on Friday and it does not really matter what group we find ourselves in. Yes, we want to avoid the world powers...the Spanish side and the rest. But, I tell you, the way the boys are going, I think they are going to do a great job." However, the former Chelsea defender called for adequate preparations to correct a few lapses in the team before the big kick-off.
Another former Nigeria star Karibe Ojigwe said he believes that the Eagles would give a good account of themselves no matter the quality of the opposition in their group.
"That is what the World Cup is all about. We are playing against the best in the world. I think the players we have now are regulars at their various clubs," he said.
"These are the same clubs where these top stars play. So, we have a good team right now because we’ve employed a home-based coach.
"He knows these players one by one. It doesn’t matter who comes against us. All we need is to do our best."
Ojigwe, who played for FC Kaiserslautern and FC Koln of Germany, also appealed to Nigerians to allow Stephen Keshi to focus on his job and not distract him.
He said there was no time for anyone to start suggesting players to the coach, especially as he had demonstrated his competence by his accomplishments.