Nigeria is the most populated nation in Africa and has been to the World Cup four times before. Getting knocked out in the Group stage, their last appearance in 2006 was a disappointment. Nigeria is looking to do better this year in South Africa. Nigeria secured their spot in the 2010 World Cup finals late in their qualifying matches.
At one time in the not too distant past Nigeria was strong all over the field. These days the Nigerian’s best asset is their backline. All five of the backline including the goalie are looking very strong this year. The midfield is also looking to provide a lot of help to the defense.
What was once probably their greatest strength is now a big weakness. Nigeria’s frontline is pretty sketchy. Occasionally you will see good things from the frontline, but they are plagued with inconsistencies or injured players.
Nwankwo Kanu in the past has been a very lethal striker, but his age is starting to show. If Kanu can remain healthy he will be a great asset to his team. Kanu is nearing the end of his career, so hopefully he ends it shining. Another striker to look out for is Obafemi Martins. If he is having a good day Martins is quite lethal, but those good days are not consistent.
The Nigerians will be disappointed if they do not make it past the group stage. They will have to fight hard against Argentina and Greece, if they want to move on.