Did you know that 1 in 3 Africans are Nigerian? Thats actually true. They should be the best team in Africa. They are not. The Ivory Coast is the best team in Africa at the moment. Nigeria has had some great squads mainly in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Now they don’t have a bad squad but they lack the gifted players like Jay-Jay Okocha who was so good they named him twice. Now they create really strong athletic players. At the back they don’t look that good. especially at full back this may be a weakness. But i really like one of the defenders. A young lad called Kenneth Omeruo who is on loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea. This lad is 20 and is being tipped as a future first teamer. Apparently he is a really good defender.
There are a few names that fans of the premier league will know. Joseph Yobo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie are all in the squad as well as free agent Shola Ameobi who had a great record for the England Under 21’s previously but never stepped it up beyond that.
A lot of the squad is between 21 and 25 and thats a good sign for the future of this team. I remember a few years ago they banned themselves from playing football (they reversed the ban a few weeks later). That may have cost them a lot but ended up not effecting them at all. I think the likes of Sunday Mba, Victor Moses and Joel Obi will end up being the stars of African football.
The lad I am looking forward to watching is a chap called Emmanuel Emenike. This guy has speed and power. Looking like a brilliant player. He had a great record in Russia and now he is doing the same in Turkey. I think this guy will score a few goals and may be the man to help them into the 2nd stage of the World Cup
Argentina will top the group and with Bosnia and Iran as the other 2 in the group Nigeria will fancy that 2nd place finish. I think they will do it. I think they will go out in the 2nd round but they are capable to cause a shock I Guess.
Star Man: Emeike
One to watch: Omeruo
Prediction: 2nd Round