We take a careful and precise look at Nigeria becoming the world Champions for the first time in history at the Russia World cup 2018 putting several factors into consideration.
After playing several friendlies and performing very well, Nigerians are in high hope that the Super eagles might just bring home the FIFA World cup for the first time in its history of playing in the world cup.
Despite losses at their friendly matches, most Nigerians who have watched the team play highly believe they have great potential of going far in the competition. This is the only world cup in which Nigerians are not unhappy for the teams loss, but are only greatful to have the boys perform good.
World Cup Appearances
Nigeria has participated in the FIFA World Cup only [ 5 ] five times and since then have won non of it. The Nigerian team is known for good performance at the world cup but only get knocked out at group stages and sometimes the second round ( round of 16 ).
In all of Nigeria’s world cup appearances, the country have not kept a teams ( makes changes on every occasion ) nor a coach which has greatly affected the performance of the team negatively.
Sometimes hardwork beats talent
Despite the fact that Nigeria has produced some of the world’s greatest footballers, it is still yet to win a world cup to itself; this is strongly believed to have been caused by the football association governance and the style of not keeping players together ( which makes a good team ).
On every occasion, even in the Africa Nations cup, the Nigerian teams still has several players from different background and international leagues who only get to train together for few months or maybe weeks sometimes. These players only have a short time to get to know each other, understand their patterns and play together as a teams they are supposed to be.
2018: This is still reoccurring and we only hope the same story doesn’t have to be told at the end of the FIFA 2018 world cup.
FIFA World Cup Ranking
Nigeria currently ranks 48 in the world after dropping from 47th position following several match losses recently. Even being tagged the Giant of Africa, Nigeria has dropped far behind several African Nations as;
Tunisia – 21
Senegal – 27
Congo – 38
Morocco – 41
Egypt – 45
Only a great performance at the forthcoming FIFA World cup could possibly raise Nigeria above the fore mentioned nations.
Nigeria has named Her 23 Man squad for the world cup and here is a list of the selected players and their positions.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino).
Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)
These are the list of players as published by the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF ) on Twitter.
Matches from the Group
Nigeria has Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the Group D with them
Nigeria Plays Croatia – Saturday, June 16 at 8pm
Nigeria Plays Iceland – Friday, June 22 at 4pm
Nigeria Plays Argentina –Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm
With this list of experienced players, we strongly believe Team Nigeria would make a good turn this time in the FIFA World cup in Russia.