Nigeria star Victor Moses

FIFA World Cup preview: Nigeria

When it comes to entertainment and flair, Nigeria promises to deliver plenty of both at the FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles enter Russia with a nice balance of youth and experience, with talent to burn in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

Nigeria has been one of the form teams in recent editions, reaching the final 16 in three of the six World Cups they have contested.

It is a tough pool with Argentina, the x-factor side in Iceland as well as the always tricky Croatia.

But this is a side that will throw caution to the wind and genuinely will not care who their opposition is. It could backfire and they could lose all three. Or Nigeria could stun Lionel Messi's Argentina - time will tell.

The draw for Nigeria

Croatia, June 17

Iceland, June 23

Argentina, June 27

The star player

Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses will be the glue that holds this Nigeria side together.

This is an outfit that has speed in spades and Moses is no different. But this fleet-footed midfielder has plenty of guile and could slash his way through the middle, the wing and combine with the strikers to set up plenty of goals.

Could be one of the players of the tournament.

What needs to go right

This is a tough pool and few would give any side a chance against runaway group favourites Argentina.

Croatia will be tough to beat as well, but Iceland presents the greatest variable in this group.

The tiny nation has been carving a huge reputation in the football world of late. Iceland, like Nigeria, is a side that could win all three games or lose them all.

It is an enthralling script, how will it end?

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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