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World Cup Team Profile: Nigeria

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The FIFA Soccer World Cup, set to take place in Russia is drawing near and is less than a month from kick-off. Soccer fanatics around the city have started to predict which team will be crowed champions. Five teams are representing Africa this year, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal. This week we profile team Nigeria (Super Eagles), the first side from Africa to qualify.

FIFA Ranking: 47
World Cup History: Qualifying Campaigns: 13 First stage appearances: 5 Semi-final appearances: 0 Finals: 0 Titles: 0

First World Cup: 1994 Last World Cup: 2014 Best outing: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Key Player: John Obi Mikel

Nigeria captain remains their key man in central midfield. A UEFA Champions League winner with Chelsea, his experience, strength and composure will be important to the Nigerians in Russia.

Matches:

June 16: CROATIA vs NIGERIA

June 22: NIGERIA vs ICELAND

June 26: NIGERIA vs ARGENTINA

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