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Nigeria: World Cup 2018 team guide – Group D opponents and fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

Nigeria take part in their seventh World Cup and talkSPORT.com takes an in-depth look at the Group D nation.


Bordeaux legend Gernot Rohr makes his World Cup debut after more than 45 years in the game as both a player and a manager.

He promised the Super Eagles World Cup qualification after his appointment in 2016 and he more than delivered.

Simultaneously, he introduced several exciting young players and transformed the African nation into a force to be reckoned with.


John Obi Mikel is virtually unrecognisable in Nigeria’s number 10 shirt. It is often forgotten that Chelsea signed him as a forward-minded player, before turning him into the ultra-defensive holding midfielder we know him as today.

He was superb in the 2014 World Cup, earning man of the match in his team’s opening victory against Iran while guiding them to a first knockout stage since 1998.


Chelsea’s Victor Moses was excellent in his club’s 2016/17 Premier League triumph, with a newfound role at wing-back injecting life back into his football career.

His performance levels took a sizeable dip last season, along with the rest of his team-mates, but he remains a key attacking force for Nigeria.

Alex Iwobi‘s progression has stalled at Arsenal over the last couple of years, but he generally does show up when representing his country. Could this World Cup finally see the 22-year-old fulfil his huge potential?

His legendary uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, helped Nigeria to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup before a dramatic exit to eventual runners-up Italy, which required extra-time. Iwobi will be hoping to go one better.

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