FIFA 2018 World Cup: A brief look at Nigeria – The SUPER EAGLES

Nigeria Super Eagles
Nigeria Super Eagles after putting on a masterclass against Cameroon

How they qualified: After failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles regrouped and qualified for Russia 2018 in style.

In a group that had African champions Cameroon, giants Algeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia, Nigeria qualified with 14 points – won 4 and drawn 2 of the six group games – scored 12 and let in just 4 in six group B games.

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Nigeria Captain John Mikel Obi

Key Player: John Mikel Obi is the most experienced member of the current Super Eagles side and away from what he offers on the pitch, his leadership has been paramount for a side that has lots of youngsters.

Pedigree: Since 1994, Nigeria has only failed to play at the finals once in 2006. The Super Eagles will play at their sixth finals and third in succession since 2010.

Their best performance came in 1994, 1998 and 2014 where they reached the round of 16 but have not gone beyond that stage.

Gernot Rohr, Nigeria Coach

Coach: Gernot Rohr was appointed in a capacity different from that of the Head Coach role but we all know he executed all that happened.

The German has had blend of youth and experience in the side and used his experienced amassed from his entire journey.

Rohr has previously managed Nice, Gabon, Burkina Faso, and Nantes, Young Boys, Etoile du Sahel and the Niger national team.