African champions Nigeria are off the mark at the FIFA World Cup™ in 2014 after defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 to record their first World Cup win in 16 years in a Group F encounter in Cuiaba on Saturday. The West Africans opened the scoring with a tap in from Peter Odemwingie after he latched on to a pass from Emmanuel Emenike who showed great strength to get past Emir Spahic. The Bosnian’s were not happy with the play leading up to that goal as they felt that Emenike fowled their skipper and that was the second major decision made by the referee to go against them.
Earlier in the half the Europeans had a goal disallowed as Edin Dzeko, who was adjudged to have been offside to deny them the lead. The Super Eagles continued the trend of the day of a good performance from an African nation heading into the break leading 1-0. The Zmajevi got off to a positive start when Dzeko latched on to a good pass from Mensur Mujdza but only managed to send the ball wide.
Nigeria had a few chances with some promise in the second but with no result. Bosnia continued to attack to keep themselves in the match and the tournament with attacks from Miralem Pjanic who found himself in some space but his shot lacked the power to beat Vincent Enyeama as the Super Eagles ran out 1-0 winners to keep their hopes of qualification for the Round of 16 alive.