The Super Eagles of Nigeria put up a steely performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina to win their first game at the World Cup since 1998. Nigeria defeated Bosnia 1-0 in Cuiaba on Saturday thanks to a first half goal by Peter Odemwingie.
Prior to the match, the Super Eagles had failed to win in their previous nine matches since a 1-0 win over Bulgaria in 1998 in France.
Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi, made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Iran on Monday. Odemwingie, Babatunde Michael and Joseph Yobo got starting places at the expense of Ramon Azeez, Victor Moses and injured Godfrey Oboabona.
It was Bosnia who showed intent in the 21st minute when Edin Dzeko scored from a through-ball which was ruled for offside.
Eight minutes later, the Super Eagles went in front when Emmanuel Emenike shrugged off the challenge of Bosnia captain, Emir Spahic to cross low for Odemwingie to sweep home past Asmir Begovic in goal.
After the goal, Nigeria had a good spell and created several chances but could not get a second goal.
Bosnia goalkeeper, Begovic, was forced to make three saves from long range efforts. Michael tried twice from range while Ogenyi Onazi saw his fierce shot palmed away by the keeper as well.
The World Cup debutants nearly snatched a point inside stoppage time when Dzeko turned and shoot leaving Vincent Enyeama to deflect it on to the woodwork.
Nigeria remain second in Group F with four points, just two behind Argentina, whom they will face on Wednesday.