Nigerian sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi has said he is against setting coach Stephen Keshi a World Cup target as it would put him under “unnecessary” pressure.
Nigeria have been drawn against familiar foes Argentina, debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in Group F of the World Cup with pundits tipping Nigeria and Argentina to qualify from the group.
Nigeria have not gone past the second round of the World Cup since their debut in 1994.
”What I wish for is for us to win the World Cup and I think that is what every Nigerian wishes for,” the sports minister said.
”But for talks of setting target for coach Stephen Keshi, I don’t think that is necessary because it would put him under unnecessary pressure.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aminu Maigari has also spoken in the same vein after another top official was reported to have said Keshi has been given a semi-final target at Brazil 2014.