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Nigeria football team says they took 'no witch doctor' to WC

Published time: June 14, 2014 08:46
Nigeria's defender Juwon Oshaniwa (2nd L) and other players warm up during a training session in Campinas, some 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo, on June 12, 2014 as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

Nigeria's defender Juwon Oshaniwa (2nd L) and other players warm up during a training session in Campinas, some 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo, on June 12, 2014 as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

Even if Nigeria’s football team ever had a witch doctor on their team, that was years ago - and now it is fair game only, says forwards Peter Osaze Odemwingie.

“Do we have a personal witch doctor in our team? Of course not,” Odemwingietold ITAR-TASS. “If we ever had a witch doctor, then it was no less than 20 years ago.”

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Odemwingie says his country is strongly determined to beat its previous World Cup record and make it through to the quarter finals.

“Nigeria’s record of at the World Cup is preliminary finals. We are going to get surpass this achievement. [Our citizens] wait for something more from us than leaving our Group [F],” he added.

The team is in group F and is scheduled to play with Iran team on June, 16, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June, 22 and Argentina on June, 25.

Nigeria’s preparation was somewhat marred this week due to constant interruptions of the team’s open training session at the Brinco de Ouro stadium, Odemwingie said. Fans ran on to the field several times and some kids even stole two balls.

“The fans who ran into the field interfered with our training, ruined our concentration,” he said, “I guess there were even five-year-old children there. What should we have done with them?”

The 20th football World Cup 2014 kicked off on Thursday, with the winner to be decided in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

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