Nigeria odds to win Group F at World Cup

The quality levels in the Nigeria aren’t as good as the mid 90’s; however they will be hopeful of at least replicating their knock out round success at 1994 and 1998 as they are 10/1 to win Group F.

Manager: Stephen Keshi
World Cup best:
Round of 16 (1994, 1998)
How they qualified:
African play-offs

After topping a relatively easy group, Nigeria progressed to the play-off stages and drew the surprise packages Ethiopia.

They were too strong for Ethiopia over two legs, winning 2-1 away from home, before a comfortable 2-0 win in Calabar.

Star player: Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)

Emmanuel Emenike guided the Turkish side Fenerbahce to the title this season, impressing on his return to the club after two years in Russia.

His record at international level is almost a goal every other game and he was a big part in Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations success in 2013.

One to watch: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)

At just 21, Ahmed Musa already has an incredible 37 appearances for the Super Eagles.

An impressive stint in Holland earned him a move to CSKA Moscow, where Musa’s game has developed and is a key player for club and country.


Better suited to playing on the counter-attack, Nigeria can be lethal on the break, with the pace of Victor Moses and co.

Stephan Keshi’s side will fancy their chances of breaking down all three sides in their division, especially those who try and attack the Super Eagles.


Nigeria struggle when they have to dominate sides, with John Obi Mikel operating closer to the strikers at international duty than for Chelsea.

They are perhaps over reliant on Emenike, however the recall of Peter Odemwingie may change that.

How far can they go?

The African champions are hopeful of at least progressing through the Group Stage and their match with Bosnia will be key.


Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Daniel Akpeyi, Chigozie Agbim

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Joseph Yobo, Kunle Odunlami

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ramon Azeez, Ogenyi Onazi, Joel Obi, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Ejike Uzoenyi, Nosa Igiebor, Sunday Mba, Reuben Gabriel, Michael Babatunde

Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Obinna, Peter Odemwingie, Michael Uchebo, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor

*Squad will be cut by seven to 23 before the start of the tournament

Group F


Monday 16th June: Iran vs. Nigeria 20:00
Saturday 21st June: Nigeria vs. Bosnia 23:00
Wednesday 25th June: Nigeria vs. Argentina 17:00

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