Johanesburg, Jun 22: Despite losing the first two matches, Nigeria has still has the chance to qualify if it wins against South Korea in the Group B clash scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Jun 22 in Durban.
Huh Jung-moo's Warriors, on the other hand, are fighting to reach the second round for the first time on foreign soil. Last time South Korea outperformed was on home territory in 2002.
However, beating Nigeria will not be as easy as stamping on kittens for the Koreans as the Super Eagles know that they still own the chance of making it to the knock-out stages if they grab three points with a victory and if Greeks lost to Argentinians.
Both the teams have lost against Argentina in the previous matches. While South Korea defeated Greece 2-0 in its opener, Nigeria fell to the Greeks 2-1.
In Group B, Nigeria is right at the bottom as it has lost both its previous matches, while South Korea and Greece are alongside each other with three points each and Argentina is leading.
South Korea is in a great position to advance too. The Asians are in fact the second favorite to reach last 16 from the Group too. The team just needs a point to go forward in the tournament.
Nigerians had a good chance of winning against Greece, if it was not for the maddness from Sani Kaita, who was shown the red card early in the game for kicking Vasileios Torosidis.
Besides missing midfielder Kaita, Nigerians have to make to without left-back Taye Taiwo, who has sustained a groin injury, as well as Uwa Echiejile, who is not in the shape to play.
Players to Watch:
South Korea: Park Ji-Sung, Chung Yong Lee
Nigeria: Kalu Uche, Peter Odemwingie
All time head-to-head
Games Played: 3 (all friendly)
--South Korea: Wins 2, Draws 1
--Nigeria: Wins 0, Draws 1
1983, Seoul: South Korea 1 Nigeria 0
2001, Daejeon: South Korea 2 Nigeria 2
2001, Busan: South Korea 2 Nigeria 1
Goals: South Korea 5, Nigeria 3