Brazil - Nigeria national soccer team take on Tahiti tonight in their first Confederations Cup in Brazil in a development the African champions are expected to win in order to win the continent's support.
Smarting from a 1-1 draw against lowly rated Namibia in Wndhoek last week, Nigeria would want to win this match at all costs if the team want recognition back in the country and across Africa.
Most importantly, the Super Eagles' victory tonight would pile pressure on the soccer governing body - Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to honour its promise of settling outstanding bonuses for the players.
While the Nigerian captain Vincent Enyeama clearly pointed out that the issue of outstanding bonuses was not yet off the hook, the Super Eagles' main focus tonight is to win their opening match in order to set the tone right.
More than 160 million Nigerians across the world, including the one billion African population will be glued to their TV screens to watch the Super Eagles perform in this prestigious Confederations Cup tournament.
Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles head coach was confident that his men would make an impact at the Confederations Cup though he could not commit himself to comment whether the team would win tonight or not.
The Nigeria squad is in full strength as well as a clean bill of health as they prepare to make their first encounter in this tournament tonight.
- CAJ News