Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR), Dele Ayenugba Beni Yehuda (ISR), Austin Ejide Hapoel Petah Tikvah (ISR)
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Nigeria changed their coach yet again at the end of February, giving the new incumbent, Swede Lagerback, little time to prepare for the World Cup. His predecessor, Shaibu Amodu, was sacked after the team lost to Ghana in the African Nations Cup semi-finals. The same fate befell Amodu in 2002 when he was fired months before the World Cup and replaced by Festus Onigbinde.
A powerful strike force gives Nigeria fearsome potential with Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Obafemi Martins having the potential to unlock any defence, and they are supplemented by the wing play of Chinedu Obasi and Peter Odemwingie.
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Group B Schedule:12 June – Argentina v Nigeria17 June – Greece v Nigeria 22 June – Nigeria v South Korea
Nigeria have always been a country of much potential but the kneejerk reaction of officials to setbacks means there is little chance to build continuity.
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Forwards: Yakubu Ayegbeni Everton (ENG), Chinedu Obasi Hoffenheim (GER), Obafemi Martins Wolfsburg (GER), Obinna Nsofor Malaga (SPA), John Utaka Portsmouth (ENG) Osaze Odemwingie Lokomotiv (RUS)
Demichelis can be a solid CB and work well with Samuel but he is very inconsistent. He often has off games where he slips up. He was terrible in the CL final. Let's just hope he can be consistent within the next month or so.
A correction concerning Afolabi. His Club is Salzburg, which is in Austria (AUT) not Australia (AUS). ;-)
Great podcast from the guys at the BBC. Have a listen to it as I'm sure fans of Argentina will find it interesting. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/wf/wf_20100529-0337a.mp3
Dan I fully agree with you. I have always felt that Demi is more of a defensive midfielder than a frank center back. Burdisso may be the better choice among the available options, to partner Samuel. I think Demi is a better defensive midfielder than Bolatti. Demi should be used as a substitute for Masche or as a second defensive midfielder whenever required. Jonas should start as right back with Otamendi the sub for that position. About left back I still miss Zanetti
Hi to all of Los Albiceleste fans across d world,and a special thanks to d creator of this blog.Abt startin Demichellis,I wld prefer demi can play in group stage and can be analysed by Maradona whether or not to keep him away!!!.Well guys I wld request u all to comment on which of our players apart from Messi will be star of the tournament
John Obi Mikel should recover from injury in time and be the key midfielder, although Nigeria make him push too far forward where his lack of pace and incisive passing counts against him.
I agree wid u. . . I saw him in cL finale. . . I dnt knw ab burdiso bt demich dnt impress me. . .
Midfielders: Nwankwo Kanu Portsmouth (ENG), Dickson Etuhu Fulham (ENG), Mikel John Obi Chelsea (ENG), Sani Kaita Alanya (RUS), Yusuf Ayila Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Kalu Uche Almeria (SPA) Haruna Lukman Monaco (FRA)