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NIGERIA National Football team profile

 

Nigeria has traditionally held a special place in Africa football, holding the hope of Africa’s success in the World Cup but recent years have diminished that hope.

Nigeria National football team

The Super Eagles as the Nigeria national football team is referred to have always been reach with exceptional talent but have performed minimally as a team in many international competitions, although they have been traditional qualifiers for the World Cup finals.

Many Nigeria fans will love to remember their exploits at USA 94, where they dismantled eventual semi-finalists Bulgaria 3-0 in their first match before going on to cruelly fall 2-1 against Italy in the second round. A similarly quick start in 1998 – they stunned Spain 3-2 in one of the matches of the tournament to start and beat Bulgaria again 1-0 – gave way to another second round defeat, this time a disheartening thumping at the hands of Denmark 4-1. But the Nigeria Team of today has no Sunday Oliseh, Victor Ikpeba, Jay-Jay Okocha, Finidi George, Celestine Babayaro, Omokocha or the Nwanko Kanu at his prime.

“We know that we will have a tough job at the World Cup. We are up against some tough teams like Argentina, with top players like [Lionel] Messi. It’s important for us to prove that we can play our own game against the best,” says Nigeria forward Chinedu Obasi.

The current Nigeria team is not short on talent, but their near failure to qualify for South Africa 2010 will give them less pressure as they look to get out of their Group B where they entertain Argentina on Saturday and later Korea Republic and Greece.

Star players of Nigeria national Football team at 2010 World Cup
Even without the big names of the 90s, the Super Eagles have the ability to score a lot of goals in South Africa behind a pacy, dynamic attack that features the likes of Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Peter Odemwingie as well as youngsters Victor Obinna and Ikechukwu Uche and evergreen Nwankwo Kanu in what is surely his last role of the dice. They won’t be a soft touch behind that either, with Jon Obi Mikel anchoring the midfield, and captain Joseph Yobo in the centre of defence.

Nigeria’s Record
• Nigeria’s 3-0 waltz over Bulgaria in their USA 94 debut match was more remarkable given that the Europeans went on to beat Greece, Argentina, Mexico and Germany in the tournament.

• Since Clemens Westerhof built the 1994 side and left the Super Eagles, the team has been coached by such well-known European journeymen as Jo Bonfrere, Philippe Troussier, Bora Milutinovic and Berti Vogts.

• Nigeria have a rich history at other worldwide tournaments, having won the 1985, 1993 and 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the 1996 Olympic Football Tournament.

 

Nigeria National Football Team Squad at 2010 FIFA World Cup

 Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
1 Vincent ENYEAMA 29/08/1982 GK Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR) 185
2 Joseph YOBO 06/09/1980 DF Everton (ENG) 185
3 Taye TAIWO 16/04/1985 DF Marseille (FRA) 188
4 Nwankwo KANU 01/08/1976 MF Portsmouth (ENG) 197
5 Rabiu AFOLABI 18/04/1980 DF Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) 183
6 Danny SHITTU 02/09/1980 DF Bolton Wanderers (ENG) 190
7 John UTAKA 08/01/1982 FW Portsmouth (ENG) 179
8 Yakubu AIYEGBENI 22/11/1982 FW Everton (ENG) 188
9 Obafemi MARTINS 28/10/1984 FW Wolfsburg (GER) 170
10 Brown IDEYE 10/10/1988 FW Sochaux (FRA) 180
11 Peter ODEMWINGIE 15/07/1981 FW Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) 181
12 Kalu UCHE 15/11/1982 MF Almeria (ESP) 171
13 Yussuf AYILA 04/11/1984 MF Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 179
14 Sani KAITA 02/05/1986 MF Alania Vladikavkaz (RUS) 180
15 Lukman HARUNA 04/12/1990 MF Monaco (FRA) 177
16 Austin EJIDE 08/04/1984 GK Hapoel Petah Tikva (ISR) 186
17 Chidi ODIAH 17/12/1983 DF CSKA Moscow (RUS) 181
18 Victor OBINNA 25/03/1987 FW Malaga (ESP) 178
19 Chinedu OGBUKE OBASI 01/06/1986 FW Hoffenheim (GER) 181
20 Dickson ETUHU 08/06/1982 MF Fulham (ENG) 191
21 Uwa ECHIEJILE 20/01/1988 DF Rennes (FRA) 198
22 Dele ADELEYE 25/12/1988 DF Sparta Rotterdam (NED) 189
23 Dele AIYENUGBA 20/11/1983 GK Bnei Yehuda (ISR) 186

Coach: Lars LAGERBACK (SWE)

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