2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 Nigerian talents who could wow the World

By Mutala Yakubu
Top Nigerian players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Top Nigerian players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are one of the most talented African sides going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria may not be expected to conquer the World at Russia but with so much talent, the West Africans could surprise many.

Nigeria are in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup together with  Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Coach Gernot Rohr has named his 23-man squad for the tournament.

Let's take a look at the 5 talented players who could make a difference for Nigeria at Russia 2018.


Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi currently plays for Chinese side Tianjin Teda and is one of the most experienced players in the squad.

The most experienced member of the Nigerian side. Captain fantastic they call him.

The former Chelsea midfielder is the engine of the Nigerian team. He makes things thick and dictates the play of the Super Eagles.

Mikel is currently in China eleven seasons with Chelsea.

The 31-year-old already has 85 caps for Nigeria.



Victor Moses

Victor Moses plays for Chelsea as a winger or a wing back.

His speed, creativity and ability to take on players has never been in doubt.

The 27-year old represented England at youth levels but opted to play for Nigeria at the senior level.

He has made 34 appearances for Nigeria with a return of 11 goals.

Moses has played against some of the best players on the continent and that experience will come in handy for Nigeria at Russia 2018.

 


Ahmed Musa

The speedy forward plays for Russian side CSKA Moscow on loan from English club Leicester City.

Quick with both feet and a real threat to every opponent.

Musa made a move from CSKA Moscow to join Leicester in 2016, but things did not go as plan as he has returned on loan to his former side.

He has played 10 games for Moscow scoring 6 in return.

Musa has 13 goals for Nigeria in 73 appearances.


Alex Iwobi

Perhaps the star man of the Super Eagles tea going into the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Arsenal youngster is a great utility man upfront. He followed the steps of Victor Moses to play for Nigeria at the senior level after representing England at youth levels.

He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.

Iwobi scored for Nigeria in a 1–0 win over Zambia to secure the Super Eagles a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 22-year old has 19 caps for Nigeria scoring 5 goals in the process.



Kalechi Iheanacho

Nicknamed the Nigerian Ozil, the former Manchester City forward has had some rough ride in his career after he started as a bright spot.

Iheanacho played a significant role in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball award.

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Now with Leicester City, the striker has been hit by injuries. He made 21 appearances for Leicester scoring 2 goals.

Despite his troubled season, he is still one of the talented players who could make a difference for Nigeria.

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