OK, apologies to my Belgian subscribers, but there is no way I am opposing Nigeria, who we have been with since the opening round of group games. They have yet to let us down and look very focused and determined to fulfill their undoubted potential.These guys are already superstars in Nigeria and captain Victor Obinna said : "Back home, everybody knows what this team is capable of. After picking up gold in 1996, everyone's waiting anxiously for us to repeat the feat but we still haven't won anything yet."
Belgium have done fantastically well to reach this stage and the Diables Rouges saw off the strongly fancied Italians in the quarters, playing much of the game with ten men. That is a problem, it would doubtless have taken a lot out of them and already without the experienced defender Vincent Kompany, they will now be minus suspended centre back, Thomas Vermaelen. They have a threat upfront in three goal Moussa Dembele , but Nigeria are well aware of him and the only goals the Super Eagles have conceded this tournament , have come very late on, when they already had a two goal lead and the game was won.
They have impressed me greatly and I am confident that they will be in the final by early afternoon.
6.5 points Nigeria -1/4 ball 1.95 asian handicap.