Picking a Nigeria Starting XI That Could Mount a Serious Challenge at World Cup

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Picking a Nigeria Starting XI That Could Mount a Serious Challenge at World Cup
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After a first Cup of Nations victory in 19 years, and with ‘Big Boss’ Stephen Keshi committing his immediate future to the Super Eagles, confidence is high in Nigeria. Currently leading a World Cup Qualifying group containing Kenya, Malawi and Namibia—the national side look well placed to return to the World Cup, in what would be their 5th appearance at the international stage.

Bleacher Report’s African Expert Ed Dove takes a look into the future, envisaging Nigeria’s starting lineup in the ferverous atmosphere of the Maracana as they emerge to claim history as the first Sub-Saharan side to play a World Cup match on South American soil.

Let your dreams carry you to Rio, and imagine these eleven heroes taking to the field for the African champions. 

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