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FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Profiles – Nigeria1 min read

Alex Iwobi Nigeria

Nigeria enjoyed a fairly easy journey to the World cup, but it has to be said that it was their preparation and hard work that made the journey easy. They won four games, and drew two to top their group and qualified automatically for the World cup. the only setback as such was when an illegible player was fielded by the Super Eagles and their 1-1 draw against Algeria was changed to a 3-0 loss, not that this really affected their qualifying prospects, since they finished five points clear of second place Gambia and six clear of African champions Cameroon in group B and made it to their third successive World cup Finals. 

A 4-0 out of Cameroon and a convincing 3-1 victory over Algeria was the highlights of their successful qualifying campaign. Chelsea starlet Victor Moses led the scoring charts along with Iheanacho netting thrice, Arsenal youngster Iwobi and captain Mikel netted two each. At the other end of the pitch. only four goals were conceded by the miserly Nigerian defence. 

Player to watch out for: Alex Iwobi

The Arsenal youngster needs to improve on his finishing, but there is no doubt whatsoever about his abilities on the wing. After representing England at the youth level, he decided to represent the nation he was born in. He scored the goal that confirmed the qualification of the Super Eagles to Russia. 

FIFA world ranking: 47

Coach: Gernot Rohr

Captain: John Obi Mikel

Nickname: The Super Eagles

World Cup history: Qualified six times (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Best World Cup result: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)

TAB odds: 151-1

Prediction: Having been drawn against the likes of Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland, they won’t be the favorites to go through the group stage. To do so, they would need to pull off victories against Croatia and Iceland and try to get as much as they can out of the game against Argentina. 

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