The Super Eagles arrived Russia late on Monday Night and brila.net is looking at the team’s chances at the Biggest Football event organized by FIFA.
Nigeria had a very comfortable World Cup qualification campaign in Group B alongside Cameroon, Zambia, and Algeria – a group that many had touted to be one the toughest.
The Super Eagles went through the qualification phase unbeaten but were awarded a default loss against Algeria in the final match, despite the result ending in a 1-1 draw.
Group and Fixtures
Nigeria have a tough group to start with. The Super Eagles are in Group A alongside Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia.
Gernot Rohr’s men will start their campaign against Croatia before meeting against the It-Team of Europe at the moment, Iceland.
Nigeria will face off against Argentina in their final match of the group stage, a fixture that is likely to end up serving as the determinant in who tops the Group.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho
Defenders: Brian Idowu, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdullahi, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi
Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Joel Obi
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi
Nigeria is an underrated squad going into the World Cup. Pitted against the likes of Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia, pace and strength will be Nigeria’s ally.
Gernot Rohr’s men have the ability to take on the mantle of edging Argentina in the group.
We expect Nigeria to go through and perhaps, even top Group D.
But, qualification into Round of 16 should be a minimum expectation from the Nigerian squad. The Super Eagles have the quality to even reach the quarter-finals and are a real dark horse for the World Cup in Russia.
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