The Super Eagles of Nigeria has given “football fans unforgettable memories” at the World Cup, says Federation of International Football Association ( FIFA ).

The three-time African Champions will be making their sixth appearance at the World Cup later this year in Russia and FIFA has paid tribute to Nigeria and some of her ex players who had lit up the World Cup in the past.

In a text to back some of the video clips of the Super Eagles at the World Cup shared on the FIFA website, the World governing body of football wrote: “The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will mark Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the global finals. The African side made their debut at USA 1994, winning over supporters across the world with their exciting brand of football as they bowed out at the Round of 16 against eventual finalists Italy.

“…From Daniel Amokachi to Emmanuel Amunike, Sunday Oliseh to Jay-Jay Okocha, the high-flying Super Eagles have given football fans some unforgettable memories. We pay tribute to some of the Nigeria icons who have made their mark on the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles were the first side to qualify from the African continent and have been drawn in Group D against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has revealed that the team was prepared to make it pass the group stage as they’ve set a quarter final or semi-final agenda.

The Technical Adviser of the side, Gernot Rohr has also backed Musa stance – saying quarter final was the minimum the Super Eagles wanted to reach at the World Cup.

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The Argentine captain has thrown a jibe at Nigeria ahead of their 2018 World Cup group stage meeting – saying he doubts the 2013 African champion on the biggest stage.

Argentina and Nigeria will lock horns once again - with the two sides having had to face each other in the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in the last five-edition of the Mundial.

In 2006, in which the two sides did not face each other, Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Of the four group stage meetings since 2002, Nigeria had failed to pick a point - as Argentina emerged winners on the four occasions. 

Meanwhile, Nigeria defeated Argentina by 4-1 in a friendly match in 2011 and defeated the Albiceleste by 4-2 in another friendly played last month.

Speaking in an interview with fifa.com, The Barcelona forward believes the Super Eagles’ 4-2 win over his side last month won’t count in their group stage encounter next year.

On facing Nigeria next year, Messi said, “Nigeria one day they score four goals, the next one, they leave plenty spaces for you to do anything.”

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On facing the other group opponents Messi added: (Iceland) "might seem easy, but they are tough and well organised on defence.

 (Croatia) “They give you more room to play, but have great players.”

 

 

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Julius Agali, the newly appointed scout of the Super Eagles has hinted that the duo of Obafemi Martins and Joel Obi might earn a recall to the national team as their performance as caught the eye of Gernot Rohr.

Martins, a 41 capped international last appeared for Nigeria in the AFCON qualifier against Swaziland in 2015 has been in stellar form for Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua – scoring a cracker in the FA Cup final win against Shanghai SIPG last weekend.

Joel Obi on the other hand last represented the Super Eagles in 2014 but has also been in good form for his club as he has recorded two goals and an assist for Torino this season.

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According to Agali, Gernot Rohr, who is hunting for new legs ahead of next year’s World Cup might recall the veteran Martins and 26-year-old Joel Obi to the national team.

“Don’t be surprised to see the likes of in-form Obafemi Martins, Joel Obi and others returning to the team," Agali, as quoted by owngoalnigeria.

“I myself won’t hesitate to scout for more legs that will help maintain the good form.

“All players who are currently performing to expectation in their respective club sides have equal chance.

”The coach {Rohr] is a disciplinarian who welcomes players based on merit”

The recall of Joel Obi will offer Rohr an alternative as Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has been the only player he has entrusted with the Defensive midfield position since he took over.

While Martins, who represented Nigeria at 2010 World Cup in South Africa will offer experience in the dressing room as the Nigeria team is said to be the youngest ahead of next year’s.

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