Nigerian World Cup optimism tempered by domestic unrest

Nigeria fans in Lagos cheer during their side's 2014 World Cup match against Argentina in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 25, 2014In the thick of charcoal smoke rising from kebab grills in downtown Lagos, traders and their customers excitedly talk up Nigeria’s chances ahead of the country’s first World Cup knockout match in 16 years. People should be worried because seeing and hearing from other states what is happening, one has to be very conscious,” said Femi Adeeko, 66, who runs the Famoss Hotel in the city’s affluent Ikoyi district. Nigeria hopes to become the first African side in World Cup history to make it to the semi-finals, but they face a tough route, with European powerhouses France first in the firing line. Hopes are sky high after a creditable performance against Argentina in the group stage where, despite losing 3-2, Nigeria won over many critics and CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa became an overnight hero after netting twice.

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