World Cup Profiles – Group F: Nigeria

4 Jun

nigeriaThe Super Eagles topped their qualifying group and won the Africa Cup of Nations last year. How will they fare in Brazil?

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Nigeria have qualified for their 5th World Cup. Their first was in 1994 in the United States. It was also their best finish of their World Cup tries, getting knocked out of the Round of 16 and finishing 9th overall.

Poor Nigeria have faced Argentina in every one of their World Cup appearances and find themselves up against them again this year in Group F.

Head coach, Stephen Keshi, has essentially rebuilt this team after struggling through Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup. Instead of relying on superstars, as they’ve done in the past, Keshi is hoping that instilling more team spirit can pull Nigeria through. The good news is, the players seem to be accepting this responsibility fully.

They’ll come out as very defensive (Keshi is a former defender). They gave up only one goal in playoffs. But they don’t have a real team leader to pull them together if things don’t go well in the beginning.

Emmanuel Emenike was their most productive player in qualifying. He scored 3 goals (a goal per game) in qualifying. And in Turkish league play he scored a goal every other game. Nigeria will hope he can capitalize in Brazil.

Nigeria Provisional squad (Will be updated when final squads announced)

Head Coach: Stephen Keshi (Nigerian)

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Joel Obi (Parma), Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis), Sunday Mba (Bastia), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce); Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen)

For additional information on Nigeria, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygypsyspirit

One Response to “World Cup Profiles – Group F: Nigeria”

  1. hopechaser June 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Great point about shakiness around a player leader. I wish Moses had a better season. Wrong teams, wrong times. He has an abundance of raw talent but must have been tough.

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