Although Nigeria is in 50th place in the FIFA World Ranking, they have qualified for the world cup. During their journey to 2018 World Cup, they played 6 matches and won 4 of them while 2 were a Draw. Nicknamed as Super Eagles, Nigeria was the first team from the African region to qualify for FIFA 2018.
It is said widely that Nigeria can surprise everyone in the 2018 World Cup with their unexpectedly amazing performance. In this post, we are gonna analyze their current performance and group to conclude whether they can surprise us or not. But first of all, we’ll have a look at Nigeria’s profile.
Current FIFA Ranking: 50
Total World Cup Appearances: 5
Best Performance in World Cup: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Played: 18 || Won: 5 || Draw: 3 || Lost: 10
Current Coach: Gernot Rohr
Star Player: John Obi Mikel
Nigeria in 2017:
In 2017, Nigeria has played 10 international matches. They won 5, lost 2 and 3 were a Draw.
Nigeria vs Argentina:
Nigeria recently shocked the football world when it defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly. This match was played on 14 November 2017. Argentina was leading this game 2-0 but Nigeria struck back and won this game by 4-2. Although they haven’t defeated Argentina in any world cup game, this time their chances are high.
Nigeria in 2018 World Cup:
Nigeria was drawn into Group D along with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland. Argentina & Croatia are said to be the toughest teams but Nigeria are confident against both of them after their 4-2 win against Argentina. To check the schedule, refer to the link 2018 FIFA World Cup Schedule.
Victor Moses plays as a winger and currently plays for Nigerian National team as well as English club Chelsea. He has also represented England at U-16, U-17, U-19, and U-21 level. He can be a rockstar for Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup.
John Obi Mikel:
John Obi Mikel plays as a midfielder for Nigerian national team as well as Chinese club Tianjin TEDA. He has also played for the English Club Chelsea from 2006 till 2016. He is also the captain of the Nigerian national team.
Ahmed Musa plays as a forward for Nigerian national team and English club Leicester City. Ahmed Musa scored 2 goals against Argentina during their group match in 2014 World Cup. He can be an iconic player against Argentina in 2018 World Cup.
Alex Iwobi plays as a forward for Nigeria and English club Arsenal. He was the key player for Nigeria in their 4-2 win against Argentina as he scored 2 goals in that match.
Kelechi Iheanacho plays as a forward for Nigeria and Leicester City. He was also a part of the U-17 team that won U-17 World Cup in 2013. He played really well during the qualifiers and also scored a goal against Argentina in their 4-2 win.
So guys, what are your views about Nigeria in FIFA 2018. Have your say in the comments below.
Update: Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup
Nigeria was unable to qualify for the Knockout stage because they managed to win just one group match. In the first group match, they were beaten by Croatia by 2 – 0. In the second match, they defeated the debutants Iceland by 2 – 0, while in the 3rd match they were beaten by Argentina by 2 – 1. In their group, Croatia has reached the final of the 2018 World Cup and will play France.
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