The West African nation that has appeared 5 FIFA World Cups with the official FIFA ranking of 50 is Nigeria. This western African nation has not managed to win any of the FIFA World Cup yet neither they have managed to appear in any semifinals and finals round. The first appearance of Nigeria in FIFA World Cup was in 1994 when United State was hosting the FIFA World Cup. Since then Nigeria has managed to Qualify for the FIFA World Cup except in 2006. In the history of FIFA World Cup, Nigeria has played altogether of 18 games with 5 wins 3 draws and 10 losses. The best ever FIFA World Cup performance of Nigeria was against Bulgaria in 1994 where Nigeria managed to win the game with the Final score of 3-0.
World Cup Qualifier Africa
All the 53 members of the association will take part in the competition which goes for three rounds and at the end of the third round, we will have 5 African countries to book their seat on FIFA World Cup 2018.For the first round 26 lower FIFA Coca-cola ranking teams are divided into two groups and the 13 winners of this round will compete with the13 highest ranking teams from Africa and rest of the 14 teams will join these teams on round two and the 20 winners from round two advances to third round where five groups of four teams each will compete and the leader of each group qualifies for the World Cup.
Nigeria was leading the group B until the last round of the Competition in World Cup qualifier Africa. During the termination of the World Cup qualifier, Africa Nigeria won 14 points that made Nigeria a group leader in Group B with 6 games played total Nigeria managed to win 4 of them with 2 draws.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D
The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed Nigeria in Group D where Nigeria has to play against Iceland Croatia and Argentina and qualify for the Knockout stage into the round of Sixteen’s.
The Fixtures for Nigeria in Group Stage are:
- Croatia – Nigeria (Sunday, 17 June)
- Nigeria – Iceland (Friday, 22 June )
- Nigeria – Argentina (Wednesday, 27 June)
Players to watch:
Cisse Maritimo Maazou Mikel
Coach: GERNOT ROHR