Eagles striker Osaze Peter Odemwingie has been psyching up himself with the exploits of the 1994 and 1998 class of Eagles.
Osaze who is playing in his first World Cup finals, said that he hopes to leave a lasting impression at South Africa 2010, if he is given the chance by coach Lars Lagerback.
“Iâ€™m looking to do well in South Africa as I remember the old Eagles. Rashidi Yekini, Emmanuel Amuneke, Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia and Finidi George.
â€œ I remember all their goals, and the dramatic game against Italy, that we lost 2-1 after leading.
“I remember France ’98, with the super goal from Sunday Oliseh from almost 40 metres. Great memories, of course, of the Nigerian team performing in the World Cup.
“Now it’s my time to do something for my country and to be remembered as someone who did something great in the World Cup,â€ said Osaze in an interview.
He admitted, however, that he would still have to fight to ensure he starts the first Group B match, against Argentina on 12 June – before further games against South Korea and Greece.
“For the last few years, I’ve been one of the key players in the team – but that doesn’t mean that the new coach [Lars Lagerback] doesn’t have his own views,” he said.
“You still have to fight for the shirt, even though it’s not like five or six years ago when I was new in the national team – when I wasn’t confident of being in the 18 or 23 player list for the game.
“Now I am confident that I have proven myself for Nigeria, that I am going to be there. I am looking forward to being in good health, and relate well with the new coach.”