The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, on Monday expressed confidence that the Super Eagles would "shake the world" at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Maigari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the dividends of the association's long term preparation would yield results in Brazil.
NAN reports that the Eagles were on January 9 awarded Africa's National Team of the Year for 2013, during the GLO/CAF Awards held in Lagos.
"I won't specifically predict how far Nigeria will go at the World Cup but what I'm certain about is that the Eagles will do wonders.
"Nigeria will shake the world and I'm being optimistic that the Eagles will do what I can describe as a turn around to the favour of this continent.
"I think the team has improved tremendously and can hold their own against some of the best football nations. We've developed rapidly over the last two years," he said.
Maigari assured that the Eagles would be engaged in top friendly matches that would strengthen the team ahead of the World Cup.
"We had a remarkable 2013 and we are doing all the best within our capacity to consolidate on last year's performance.
"This year is going to be a much more eventful year because of the World Cup, therefore, we'll also ensure that the Eagles play some top friendly matches," he said.
NAN reports that the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to hold from June 12 to July 13, with the host, Brazil, taking on Croatia in the tournament's opening match.
Nigeria will play in Group F of the World Cup, alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia Hezegovena.
The Eagles will play its opening match of the group against Iran.