Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama was in bullish mood when asked about the Super Eagles' chances in Brazil.
The 31-year-old will play in his third World Cup next month and fresh from winning the Marc-Viven Foe award for being the best African player in Ligue 1, the keeper thinks his team can go one better than Ghana.
'I think we are going to make big progress,' the goalkeeper told FIFA.com.
'Ghana almost reached the semi-finals four years ago. We are going to achieve a better result and be the first African team to get to the semi-finals of the World Cup.'
Enyeama has been a near ever-present for Nigeria since winning his first cap against England in the 2002 World Cup.
Now with 89 caps, he is the second most experienced player in Stephen Keshi's young squad, behind only Joseph Yobo.
Nigeria will face Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Argentina in Group F, and a confident Enyeama, who kept 21 clean sheets for Lille last season, is already looking forward to the second round.
Nigeria could potentially face France or Switzerland at that stage.
He added: 'If we play against France, it will be interesting, but if we play against Switzerland, it will also be interesting. The important thing is to qualify.
'Playing France for a place in the last eight is not really what matters to me right now, I just want the team to make it to the second round. But maybe we will come out first, and then we will not have to play against France.'