Nwankwo Kanu has expressed that Nigeria has its sights set on winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup on behalf of Africa.
In 2010, Ghana was a penalty shootout away from becoming the first nation from the continent to reach the semifinals of the tournament. The ex-Arsenal, Inter and Ajax striker, however, believes that the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions have the team ethic and coaching quality to qualify for Brazil next summer and stage a shock to pick up where the Black Stars left off.
"We are definitely going to the World Cup next year, and we want to win the Cup for Africa," the 37-year-old Kanu told Goal. "About the upcoming Malawi match - we are ready for it and we will do our best.
"We have a good squad that is competent enough to take us to the World Cup and make us shine on the world map.
"We want players who are hungry for success and players who will play for the country with pride and dignity. That is the main reason we have such a squad. Although we can still have experienced players, nobody owns a space, they all need to work hard.
"We have a great coaching team behind the players and that is what makes us the best in Africa."
The Super Eagles' continental success at the start of 2013 ensured their qualification for June's Confederations Cup but they were unable to get beyond a group containing Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti.
To reach 2014's World Cup finals, Stephen Keshi's men must not lose at home to CAF Group F opponents Malawi on Sept. 7 and then beat whomever they are drawn against in the knockout round over two legs.
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