Saturday, 11 January 2014

ROAD TO BRAZIL 2014 - #NIGERIA - #Brazil2014 #WorldCup #SuperEagles

Nigeria's 2 - 0 victory over Ethiopia made them the first African team to qualify for the 2014 world cup hosted in the Brazil. Goals from Victor Moses and Victor Obinna secured a slot for the African  Champions in the FIFA World cup finals. Moses sent the fans into rapture after he had converted a spot kick. Substitute, Obinna made sure Nigeria booked a place in Brazil when he scored the second goal from a free kick.

Nigeria 2 vs 0 Ethiopia

Last game at last World Cup appearance... Nigeria 2 vs South Korea 2  (South Africa 2010)

Here are some information about Nigeria's national team;
Nickname(s) - Super Eagles (formerly Green Eagles)
Head Coach - Steven Keshi
Stephen Keshi
Captain - Vincent Enyeama
Most Caps - Joseph Yobo (95)
Top Scorer - Rashidi yekini (37)
Fifa Ranking - 33rd
Highest Fifa Ranking - 5th (April -1994)
Lowest Fifa Ranking - 82nd (November 1999)
First International Match - Nigeria {2 - 0} Sierra Leone (August 10, 1949)
Biggest Win - Nigeria {10- 1} Dahomey (November 28. 1959)
Biggest Defeat - Nigeria {7 - 0} Gold Coast (January 6, 1955)
World Cup Appearance(s) - 4 (First in 1994)
Best Result - Round of 16 (1994 and 1998)

Vincent Enyeama
Date of Birth - August 29, 1982 {31}
Place of Birth - Kaduna, Nigeria
Height - 1.82m
Weight - 87kg
Playing Position - Center back
Current Club - Lille
Number - 1
Previous clubs - Ibom Stars, Enyimba, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel, Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv(loan)
National Caps - 88
Goals scored - nil

Vincent Enyeama is a well known for his penalty stopping abilities. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he put up a brilliant display to restrict Argentina to a 1–0 win in their Group B match. He made six awesome saves, four of which were Lionel Messi's. Despite the loss, he was named Man of the Match.

John Mikel Obi
Date of Birth - April 22, 1987 {26}
Place of Birth - Jos, Nigeria
Height - 1.80m
Weight - 81.3kg
Playing Position - Defensive Midfielder
Current Club - Chelsea
Number - 10
Previous clubs - Plateau United, Ajax Cape Town.
National Caps - 88
Goals scored - 4

Mikel plays as a defensive midfielder for Chelsea Football Club. However, he plays in a more attacking midfield role for his country, Nigeria. Making his international debut against Libya in 2005, he has now scored 4 goals in 88 senior caps for his country. Mikel's strength on the ball and natural aggression make him an asset for Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Victor Obinna
Date of Birth - March 25th, 1987 {26}
Place of Birth - Jos, Nigeria
Height - 1.78m
Weight - 81kg
Playing Position - Striker
Current Club - Lokomotiv Moscow
Number - 18
Previous clubs - Internazionale, Plateau United, Enyimba, Chievo, Malaga, Westham.
National Caps - 47
Goals scored - 12

Obinna plays in an attacking position for Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow and Nigeria. Obinna scored his first goal for Nigeria against Tunisia in a 1-1 Semi Final draw at the 2004 African Cup of Nations although his goal wasn't sufficient to keep Nigeria in the tournament as they went on to lose (6-5) on penalties. In the final Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier's match, he blasted in a swerving free-kick from 30 yards just a few seconds after coming in as a replacement for Victor Moses.

Victor Moses
Date of Birth - December 12, 1990 {23}
Place of Birth - Kaduna, Nigeria
Height - 1.77m
Weight - 74kg
Playing Position - Attacking Midfielder / Winger / second striker
Current Club - Chelsea (On loan at Liverpool)
Number - 11
Previous clubs - Crystal palace, Wigan Athletic.
National Caps - 17
Goals scored - 6

The Nigeria international, who can play on the wing or as a second striker has the ability to cause a headache in an opposition's defense with his speed and dribbles. Hopefully, we hope he turns on a good display in Brazil.

Nnamdi Oduamadi Chidiebe
Date of birth - 17 October 1990 (Age 23)
Place of birth - Lagos, Nigeria
Height - 1.75 m
Playing position - Forward
Current club - Brescia (on loan from Milan)
Number - 20
Previous Club(s) - Pepsi Football Academy, Genoa, Milan, Torino (loan), Varese (loan)
National Cap(s) - 12
Goal(s) Scored - 4
Oduamandi, plays for the Nigerian national team and Italian seria B club, Brescia, on loan from Milan. He made his first appearance for the Nigerian National team on the 29th of march, 2011.

Kenneth Omeruo
Date of Birth - October 17, 1993 (Age 20)
Place of Birth - Kaduna, Nigeria
Height - 1.68m
Weight - 67kg
Playing Position - Center back / Wing Back
Current Club - Chelsea
Number - 22
Previous clubs - Ado Den Haag (Loan), Standard Liege.
National Caps - 15
Goals scored - nil

Although, this tall, quick centre-back or right-back, is yet to debut in a Chelsea jersey, Kenneth has made 15 caps for his country. He won his first cap for Nigeria at the age of 19 in a goalless draw against Cape Verde. He was part of the Nigerian team that lifted the African Nations' Cup in 2013. He also featured for Nigeria at the last Confederation Cup that took place in Brazil.

Ahmed Musa
Date of Birth - October 14, 1992 (Age 21)
Place of Birth - Lagos , Nigeria
Height - 1.70m
Weight - 62kg
Playing Position - Attacking Midfielder.
Current Club - CSKA Moscow
Number - 7
Previous clubs - Aminchi Football Academy,Juth(loan), Kano Pillars(loan), VVV Venlo.
National Caps - 36
Goals scored - 5

Musa currently plays for Russian side, CSKA Moscow as an attacking midfielder. He's very good at holding the ball to his foot as he dribbles his way into the area. At 19 he already had two digits cap for his country. The youngster still has a lot of time and talent to showcase and we hope we see some of that in Brazil.

Brown Ideye
Date of Birth - October 10, 1988 (Age 25)
Place of Birth - Lagos, Nigeria
Height - 1.80m
Weight - 76kg
Playing Position - Striker
Current Club - Dynamo Kyiv
Number - 8
Previous clubs - Bayelsa United, Ocean Boys, Neuchatel Xanax, Sochaux.
National Caps - 24
Goals scored - 5

Mba Sunday
Date of Birth - November 28, 1988 (Age 25)
Place of Birth - , Nigeria
Height - 1.81m
Weight - 72kg
Playing Position - Attacking Midfielder
Current Club - C.A. Bastia
Number - 17
Previous clubs - Eyimba, Enugun Rangers,Dolphins, Warri Wolves.
National Caps - 21
Goals scored - 5

He plays as an attacking midfielder for both Nigeria and Bastia. He made his senior debut in the Eagles' 0–0 tie against Angola in January 2012. He scored a brace against Liberia in his next game. He was a member of the Nigerian team that won the 2010 WAFU Nations Cup. He was also part of the 23 man squad that featured in the 2013 Confederation's Cup as well as the squad that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations. He scored the winging goals against Ivory Cost(Semi Final 2-1 victory) and Burkina Faso (Final 1-0 victory) to win Nigeria the trophy.

Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike
Date of birth - 10 May 1987 (Age 26)
Place of birth - Otuocha, Aguleri, Nigerian.
Height - 1.82 m
Playing position - Striker
Current club - Fenerbahçe
Number - 29
Previous Club(s) - Delta Force, MP Black Aces, Cape Town 16, Karabükspor, Fenerbahçe, Spartak Moscow.
National Cap(s) - 20
Goal(s) Scored - 9

Eminike plays as a striker for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Super League. He scored a 30 yard free-kick against Ivory Coast in the quarter final match at the African Cup of Nations 2013, with the Super Eagles going on to win the game 2 - 1.

Efetobore "Efe" Ambrose Emuobo
Date of birth - 18 October 1988 (Age 25)
Place of birth - Kaduna, Nigeria
Height - 1.90 m
Playing position - Center Back
Current club - Celtic
Number - 4
Previous Club(s) - Kaduna Uniteds,  Kaduna United, Bayelsa United (loan), Ashdod.
National Cap(s) - 33
Goal(s) Scored - 1

Efe plays as a center back or right back for Scottish Premiership club, Celtic and the Nigeria national team. He has represented Nigeria from the under 17 to the senior level. He was part of the Nigerian teams that played in the FIFA under 20 World Cup, 2008 Olympic games that took place at Beijing and the African Cup of Nations 2013.

Nigeria's 23 Man World Cup team
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).

Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).
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