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How Far Will Nigeria's Super Eagles Go?

What are the chances of Super Eagles' of Nigeria at the first world cup taking place on the African continent? My guess is as good as yours or maybe not.

People have been reacting to what they feel would be another disgraceful outing for Nigeria in South Africa, while others believe the team could be the surprise package of the tournament.

Sincerely, I believe that only teams with good preparations and the desire to win coupled with discipline and prayers would go very far. Nevertheless, this is what I would be talking about and maybe at the end of this post, you may either agree or disagree on how far the team can go.

Let's go back in time and see how far the team has come.

Nigeria participated in her first World cup at the USA '94' finals. They qualified as runners up to Argentina, whom coincidentally, they would be facing again this year in South Africa '2010', and were knocked out in the second round  by Italy.

In France '98', they qualified as group winners, playing against the likes of Spain and Bulgaria. They were knocked out again and failed to get to through the second round after suffering an embarrassing 4:1 defeat at the hands of Denmark.

They did not make it past the group stages in 2002 while politics and poor results ensured that Nigeria could not participate in the 2006 edition which took place in Germany.

A steady decline has been in existence from 1994 to 2006 which I’m sure you all agree. Never mind, let's go on.

This time around, the Eagles narrowly escaped disqualification on the last day of the qualifiers. They needed to win game in Kenya, hoping Mozambique would beat Tunisia. That's exactly what happened, and with that victory, Nigeria was able to leapfrog Tunisia and clinch the World cup ticket to South Africa 2010

Preparations are now they key to Nigeria’s' chances at the World cup. However, there is a problem in the lack of cohesion between the generation of older players and the younger ones (coughing sarcastically).

Nigeria has always produced quality players. The likes of Stephen Keshi, Segun Odegbami, Rashidi Yekini, Mutiu Adepoju, Sunday Oliseh, Finidi George, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Samson Siasia,

Christian Chukwu, Friday Elaho, Uche Okechukwu, Celestine Babayaro, Austin Okocha, Late Samuel Okwaraji (God bless his soul) have proven that the country indeed, has produced extraordinary football talents. But, with strikers like Martins, Osaze, Yakubu (I wonder how he made the team), Kalu, Obasi, Utaka, Kanu (Well?), Nsofor and Obasi, Nigerian's would be praying that their eyes for goals would stare the team towards glory during the World cup. The partnership between the strikers is still yet to blossom, regardless of the style and formation the team would be adopting

However, a rebuilding project is now taking place after a new manager (Lars Largerback) has been appointed to replace the erstwhile coach, Shaibu Amodu. Positive signs are beginning to emerge with the Swedish tactician already making changes in the team. I personally believe these are minor indications for Nigerians to believe that the Super Eagles can spring a surprise. After missing out on qualification the last time out, I expect the Eagles to be a team with a point to prove

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Well, from the nature of the eagles qualification and the "quality" of the 2 games played so far, a first round exit can hardly be said to be undeserved.

The Eagles might just play a barren draw with Korea and Greece shock Argentina. And who says Greece can't defeat Argentina?

It has been a tournament of the underdogs anyway. .

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We can still get the wooden spoon.

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How far ke!it doesn't matter anymore.

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Nigeria will not get out of the group. Who will score the goals? Yakubu? Argentina should have beaten Nigeria 6-1. We were very lucky.

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I think the highest is quarter-final

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nigeria will beat argentina,so help us god

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Win or lose just keep waving that flag!Nja stand up!

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If they score 4 goals, I would be surprised.

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We wouldn't go past the group stage

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"2nd round is a realistic target. anything better than that is icing on the cake

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Quarter finals should be the least. If we win our group, then maybe the semis.

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If niigeria gets to the quarter Finals, i willbe more than satisfied,

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one tin i know is dat we'll never get out of dat group

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men, the first match will determine if they can make it,i really need to see that haruna lukman guy play,and see wheither he can control the miedfield

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Round of 16 at best, group stage at worse so let me go vote for the group stage.

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@ Poster, I am sure you could get an accurate answer from Pastor T.B,

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Sincerely, I believe that only teams with good preparations and the desire to win coupled with discipline and prayers would go very far. Nevertheless, this is what I would be talking about and maybe at the end of this post, you may either agree or disagree on how far the team can go.

Let's go back in time and see how far the team has come.

I have done an in depth analysis of the decline of Nigerian Football elsewhere. I shall be posting bits of it on this forum, in hope of generating meaningful discourse. See my take on this present team under the topic: Nigeria vs North Korea: Thoughts.

I agree with your thoughts here, by the way.

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Nigeria participated in her first World cup at the USA '94' finals. They qualified as runners up to Argentina,

Nigeria won the group, actually.

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We can only get as far as where our mind/ work-rate and determination take us to.

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Nigeria will lose to Argentina,

have a draw with South Korea,

and have a win against Greece

we will advance past the 2nd round, to the quarter-finals.,.

That's how far its been revealed to me.,.

And in about a months , looking back at this post, you would be totally amazed at how absolutely precise it is

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Every major Soccer campaign has the chronic optimists coming out of the woodwork with every reason why Nigeria can win the world-cup in-spite of glaring gaps between our preparations up to the campaign and the teams in the group we will be playing with.

You guys have a whole lot of optimism it is almost religious

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Beating Argentina will be a morale booster which can lead all the way to the final.

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If you look at it critically, we had a fantastic preparation. We beat all our opponents in the qualifying rounds, got our hotel accomodation on time,

flew to south africa without a problem and our FA is the best anyone can wish for in the world. Brazil, Argetina, Italy, Holland and the rest are no match for us.

WE WILL SURELY LIFT THE CUP. Its a no contest. Our strikers are the best in the world scroing 1,001 goals each all season

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Nigeria for semis. But the manager has to come and see me first.

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Cant really say precisely how far they will go but lets wait and see and hope they will do better than ever.

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Cant really say precisely how far they will go but lets wait and see and hope they will do better than ever.

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All the way. I have £10 wager on them. Common super chickens  !!!!!!

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Lwkmd! my broda with all those jaga jaga officials for NFF, impossible is nothing for 9ija o!

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God is the key to nigeria success

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I'm very confident nigeria will go far, thats if the NFF dont sack Lagerback during the tournament and replace him with a biology teacher

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dey wil reach semifinals and wil be removed by ojoro from d refree

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football is a game of luck and with goodluck on our side, we will play cheap teams until we get to the finals.

I PRAY SO!

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@Jencejyde

I love your patriotism bro . . .i just hope you don't get too disappointed on D'day

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Lagerbeer only has 3 international matches left as a coach

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they will go as far as there Goals, Dedication, e.t.c will carry them.

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PRIDE

POWER

NAIJA

I believe in d strong,creative n bold 'spirit of naija' n I believe dis will give d super eagle a good(mit not b brilliant though)outing at SA.

sure we'l make our mark but dont b surprise if we go far in d competition.

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Nigerians are funny and silly at the same time, how can u expect a team that started preparing barely 2 months to the world cup to compete with teams that have been preparing for years, miracles don't just happen.You need to work hard before favor can locate it.Nigerians,please change this mindset and stop being silly

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Definitely will crash out at the first round!!

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we might qualify from our group. Im happy some unpatriotic players(names withheld) are out of the team.

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i can bet my Bottom on it 9JA will return in the first 16 round

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All i know is that, Nigeria will reach the quater final, buh "i don't know" if they'll scale through to semi final.

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I believe we can fly!

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there position is not stated there,first group matches,they will come back

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first round,it is so predictable

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Home bound after the second game, the 3rd game will be a mere formality.

Least i forget, with lots of goals conceded.

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By the end of the 2nd game it will be clear to all how far we shall go.

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