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Nigeria are the only one of Africa’s five
representatives from the last World Cup, who
return for the 2018 edition in Russia and will
be looking to better their place in the last 16 in
Brazil.

A crop of exciting youngsters headline a team
representing Africa’s most populous nation and
who will play at the World Cup for the fifth
time, having mostly underachieved in the past.
Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru
and Moses Simon represent a new generation
that has emerged since the 2014 finals.
Nigeria surprisingly qualified easily from a
tough group that included Algeria, who also
reached the second round of the last World
Cup, and African champions Cameroon.
Nigeria were the first African country to book
a berth in Russia and finished unbeaten in
Africa’s Group B, winning all their home
games with two draws and a victory away
under German coach Gernot Rohr.
The German was a surprise appointment just
weeks before the start of the group phase of
the preliminaries.
The 64-year-old Rohr is a former Girondins
Bordeaux midfielder who returned to coach
the French club to the 1996 UEFA Cup final,
and in more recent years was national coach
of Burkina Faso, Gabon and Niger.
He will have high hopes that Nigeria can make
an impact at the finals, particularly after they
beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Russia
earlier this month.
Africa’s best return at the World Cup was a
quarter-final place for Cameroon (1990),
Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).
But there will be concern about Nigeria’s
dependency on Victor Moses and John Obi
Mikel, with the level of performances over the
last year falling dramatically when they were
absent.
Obi Mikel now plays his club football in China
while his old Chelsea team mate Moses is the
biggest name in Nigeria’s team.

Nigeria are the only one of Africa’s five
representatives from the last World Cup, who
return for the 2018 edition in Russia and will
be looking to better their place in the last 16 in
Brazil.
Super-Eagles
A crop of exciting youngsters headline a team
representing Africa’s most populous nation and
who will play at the World Cup for the fifth
time, having mostly underachieved in the past.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru
and Moses Simon represent a new generation
that has emerged since the 2014 finals.
Nigeria surprisingly qualified easily from a
tough group that included Algeria, who also
reached the second round of the last World
Cup, and African champions Cameroon.
Nigeria were the first African country to book
a berth in Russia and finished unbeaten in
Africa’s Group B, winning all their home
games with two draws and a victory away
under German coach Gernot Rohr.

The German was a surprise appointment just
weeks before the start of the group phase of
the preliminaries.

The 64-year-old Rohr is a former Girondins
Bordeaux midfielder who returned to coach
the French club to the 1996 UEFA Cup final,
and in more recent years was national coach
of Burkina Faso, Gabon and Niger.
He will have high hopes that Nigeria can make
an impact at the finals, particularly after they
beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Russia
earlier this month.

Africa’s best return at the World Cup was a
quarter-final place for Cameroon (1990),
Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).
But there will be concern about Nigeria’s
dependency on Victor Moses and John Obi
Mikel, with the level of performances over the
last year falling dramatically when they were
absent.

Obi Mikel now plays his club football in China
while his old Chelsea team mate Moses is the
biggest name in Nigeria’s team.

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