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Lagerback on Nigeria’s Chances

Coach Lars Lagerback admits Nigeria are in a “very tough group” but is confident they can make an impact at the FIFA World Cup™. Argentina are the Super Eagles’ first opponents, while they are also due to meet South Korea and Greece in Group B. Nonetheless, the Swede is optimistic over this side’s chances. He said: “We have a very tough group, the quality of the opposition is very good…

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Nigeria’s world cup squad

The Squad Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda, Israel), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah, Israel) Defenders: Taye Taiwo (Marseille, France), Elderson Echiejile (Rennes, France), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Ayodele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Rabiu Afolabi (SV Salzburg, Austria), Danny Shittu (Bolton Wanderers, England) Midfielders: Kalu Uche (Almeria, Spain), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham, England), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Sani Kaita (Alaniya,…

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Lagerback showers praise on Kaita, names team today

Sani Kaita earned glowing praise from Nigeria boss Lars Lagerback after excelling in an unusual right wing position in the Super Eagles 1-1 draw against Colombia on Sunday night. Kaita was deployed on the right wing by and was largely instrumental in maintaining team shape and balance despite being a natural defensive midfielder. It was a display that left Lagerback impressed. “He was my man of the match,” the Swede…

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Lukman saves face for Super Eagles

Haruna Lukman drilled in a 25 yard daisy-cutter to secure a much more eye pleasing 1-1 draw for Nigeria against Colombia on Sunday at Milton Keynes. Technical Adviser Lars Lagerback made 10 changes to the side which turned out a forgetable 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia, as he sought to get a closer look at more of his squad. The move looked to have backfired when Carlos Valdes took advantage…

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Mourinho makes the Madrid move

José Mourinho will be unveiled as coach of Real Madrid CF on Monday after compensation was agreed with FC Internazionale Milano, who he led to UEFA Champions League glory at the Santiago Bernabéu last weekend. The former FC Porto and Chelsea FC manager will be presented with a brief to restore Real Madrid to the pinnacle of the domestic and European game. He replaces Manuel Pellegrini, the former Villarreal CF trainer who was dismissed…

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Obasi, Naijas’ best man in camp

Chinedu Obasi topped the overall OPTA assessment following the Super Eagles game against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, with Victor Anichebe getting the highest offensive numbers. On Friday, Technical Adviser Lars Lagerback reviewed the game video with the players, pointing out errors and employing OPTA stats to assess each player’s performance. Obasi got the highest overall scores, with the highest number of balls won, distance covered and successful tackles made. But…

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