Can You See The Nigerian Squad In The Last Eight This Time?
If you are referring to Africa, certainly you cannot miss Nigeria squad at the FIFA World Cup. No doubt, the strong team represented in all the World Cups commencing from 1994 with only one exception in Germany during the year 2006. Therefore, their aim is to improve the benchmark position of 16-squads of preceding world cup event in Brazil 2014.
The German coach Gernot Rohr could ensure that their berth in the qualifying rounds is confirmed. The rivals in the group made a difficult aim for Nigeria and therefore, it was not an easy task for promotion to the qualifying level. However, it is a matter of delight of receiving a ticket to World Cup with a match to spare.
The list announced by the Coach includes the probable goalkeepers like Dele Alampasu, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and Daniel Akpeyi. You might recall the blame cast upon him for the defeat in the African Cup of Nations against South Africa last year.
The probable Defenders shortlisted include Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Elderson Echiejile, Ola Aina, and Chidozie Awaziem.
Similarly, you can see some of the Midfielders among Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel John Obi, Mikel Agu, and John Ogu.
The decent Forward players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Ahmed Mus, Odion Ighalo, and Anthony Nwakaeme might represent the matches of the World Cup.
Protest by Players
With a view to ensuring that there is no deliberate attempt to miss the training session or the protest witnessed during the preceding World Cup, the coach has issued an ultimatum to the players to keep the payment and bonus in abeyance. Hopefully, the perennial payment problem would not hamper the performance of players at the crucial fixtures.
The fact that the Super Eagles could qualify against the “death group” like the Zambia, Algeria, and Cameroon is a matter of complacency. However, the qualifier position in the world cup should not be considered as contentment for the Captain John Mikel Obi team. They should remember that the Group-D comprises Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia to take head-on.
The training and performance of the players so far have been satisfactory. The palpable positivity of the players should ensure that they are at least in the last eight-squad position. Of course, with the players like Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, you can expect some killer instinct while on the ground.