Following the break of history in the game against Bosnia, beating the Dragons in the first World Cup victory since its last in France 98, The Nigerian Super Eagles are basking in a buzzing euphoria given that they are now nearly a point away into the second round phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; a feat that was last achieved in France 98.
Pulse Sports engaged the scorer of the historic goal against Bosnia, Osaze Odemwingie who also ended a goal four years goal drought with the Super Eagles team.
Osaze, You played full 90 minutes in the game against Bosnia, having been a sub in the first game, how do you feel after the result?
I am inspired by the team's performance. This gives me faith that we can go far in this tournament.
Our goalkeeper Vincent proved to be a match saver again. Our defence was brilliant in dealing with Edin Dzeko and their moves.
They had a lot of clever moves, our midfield was hardworking, pressed well and our attack was excellent.
I think our stats say it all: we had so many shots on target and so many shots in general.
We showed pace and that's what teams don't want to see. Teams don't want to face a tough defence, hardworking midfield and a pacey frontline, that only gives me confidence and belief in my team that we can really do well in this tournament. Especially after what some people thought was a poor performance against Iran to bounce back basically and show our potential was really good to see.
You Scored The winning goal, giving Nigeria its first World Cup victory since France 98 and for you personally, ending a four years goal drought in the Super Eagles:
Am buzzing, absolutely buzzing, very happy, especially looking at my circumstances; being out for a while from the national team to come back to get a goal, a winner in the World Cup in Brazil is a dream come true.
The World Cup was the only major tournament left which I haven't scored and you know that was the only one thing I always wanted to accomplish before hanging up my boots. It did come to pass and I feel very satisfied.
Nigeria plays Argentina next in their last game of Group F, how do you see the team approaching the game?
Well, yesterday's (The game against Bosnia) organization was key, how organized we were, defended well as a unit.
Their (Bosnia) Manager spoke in the post match conference that we surprised him by our pace so that's what we can use to hurt any team.
Stay organized and then use your pace to go forward
I think that alone will give our oppositions what to think about and hope we can use all our strengths to get the results we are looking for
After your performance against Iran and Bosnia. your fanbase grew and now you seem to have lots of fans in Nigeria, what is your message to them in this World Cup?
Keep the faith, keep the faith; the prayers, the support, we feel it. We remember them before kick off, during games we remember.
Sometimes even up to the words which they use to encourage us and those things make a huge difference not only fans present in the stadium but those who we know are with us in thoughts and sending us all the positive vibes we need to achieve and make our big family Nigeria and Super Eagles happy.