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  1. Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
    Saturday, 12 June Match report
  2. Greece 2-1 Nigeria
    Thursday, 17 June Match report
  3. Nigeria 2-2 South Korea
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report

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Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Total Nigeria
8|22 Total Nigeria
Goals Assists
3 Total Nigeria
2 Total Nigeria
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
36|28 Total Nigeria
5|1 Total Nigeria

Team profile

Nigeria left it late to qualify for the World Cup - an 81st-minute winner against Kenya in the final qualifier seeing them through - and their preparations for South Africa have been similarly last minute. The decision to sack coach Shaibu Amodu following their third-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations left his replacement, Swede Lars Lagerback, effectively just three weeks with his squad before the tournament, the Nigerian Football Federation has been fined by Fifa after changing their World Cup base late in the day, and there has also been confusion over the venues for their warm-up matches.

And while problems before the 1994 and 1998 World Cups did not overly hurt their progress in those tournaments, this squad does not contain the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Daniel Amokachi and Sunday Oliseh. John Mikel Obi is their only stand-out player, and he is recovering from a knee injury, while a squad that boasts plenty of pacey forwards also lacks quality midfielders.

Squad List

NO POS PLAYER CLUB AGE CAPS
1 GK Vincent Enyeama Hapoel Tel-Aviv 27 56
2 DF Joseph Yobo Everton 29 69
3 DF Taye Taiwo Marseille 25 44
4 FW Nwankwo Kanu Portsmouth 33 85
5 DF Rabiu Afolabi SV Red Bull Salzburg 30 17
6 DF Danny Shittu Bolton 29 29
7 FW John Utaka Portsmouth 28 44
8 FW Ayegbeni Yakubu Everton 27 52
9 FW Obafemi Martins Wolfsburg 25 35
10 MF Brown Ideye Sochaux 21 0
11 FW Peter Odemwingie Lokomotiv Moscow 28 51
12 MF Kalu Uche Almeria 27 25
13 MF Yussuf Ayila Dynamo Kiev 25 28
14 MF Sani Kaita Monaco 24 24
15 MF Lukman Haruna Monaco 19 6
16 GK Austin Ejide Hapoel Petach Tikva 26 19
17 DF Chidi Odiah CSKA Moscow 26 28
18 FW Victor Obinna Malaga 23 34
19 FW Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi TSG Hoffenheim 24 15
20 MF Dickson Etuhu Fulham 28 16
21 DF Uwa Echiejile Braga 22 13
22 MF Dele Adeleye Metallurg Donetsk 21 6
23 GK Dele Aiyenugba Bnei Yehuda 26 8

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Group A Teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1
Group B Teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C Teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group D Teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3
Group E Teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0
Group F Teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2
Group G Teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0
Group H Teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

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