World Cup 2018: Nigeria team profile

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria celebrates after Victor Moses scores against Poland in a World Cup Friendly. Photo: Filed

The 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia is just a few months away. With the June 14 date quickly approaching it’s time to find out everything you can about your favorite team. Nigeria’s team of world class footballers is preparing for the competition but do you know much about the men who make up the team? To help you prepare in advance of the big day, here is the World Cup 2018 Nigeria team profile. If you’re planning to place a wager on them, check out the Nairabet affiliate code for information and stats on the team.

Team Management

Gernot Rohr is the manager of the team. He’s in charge of ensuring that the right players are brought on board. It’s a heavy responsibility that gets him a lot of attention from fans. Sometimes they agree with his decisions, and sometimes they don’t. Rohr brings years of experience managing teams throughout the world. He himself played at Bayern, Munich and Bordeaux, the latter of which he coached in 1996.

Victor Moses

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Moses is the Chelsea wing back. He’s the star man on the team who received the vote for Player of the Year.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Ezenwa is the slightly controversial choice of Rohr as goalkeeper. He replaced Carl Ikema after a diagnosis with leukemia forced him to retire from football. Ezenwa is a player that is not well known. His performance has been off and on and it hasn’t inspired the public to support his appointment to the goalkeeper position, but he has received a 20 percent approval rate from fans who believe he has what it takes to win in Russia.

Rohr’s final choices

FIFA has announced that all participating countries may name 35 players for their provisional squads, up from 30 in previous years. Nigeria and other countries will choose 23 players to compete in Russia. The change was just recently announced. It is believed that Rohr will announce the 23 players for the 2018 World Cup competition just after the friendly encounter with England is over on June 2.

Other interesting facts

Nigeria has a FIFA ranking of 50. The team qualified as Group B winners in African qualifying. They forged ahead of Cameroon by six points with five clean of Zambia. The Super Eagles first appeared in a World Cup competition in 1994 and since that time, have made the cut six times. They’ve consistently been drawn in the same group as Argentina in the World Cup. Nigeria didn’t make it to the Germany 2006 edition, but were there for the others since their 1994 debut.

First encounters in Russia

FIFA makes the draw that determines who will face whom at the competition. They drew in front of a live television audience in Russia and with the luck of the draw, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will again face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia. They’ll be in Group D. Rohr kept a cautious outlook but his optimism for early wins appears to be evident. He’s confirmed that he believes they will get a good start if they can do well against Croatia on June 16. This will be the opening game for the group. The first win is generally the hardest and it’s Rohr’s hope that they can do well enough to make it to the knockout stage.

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