World Cup: Nigeria battle to stay in the tournament

Nigeria must win their match against Iceland this afternoon to stay in the World Cup beyond the group stage.

Defender Elderson Uwa Echiejile (C) and teammates looked upbeat at yesterday’s training session. Photo: AFP

Our BBC colleague Aliyu Tanko is feeling hopeful about the Super Eagle’s chances and tweeted this photo outside the match venue in Russia:

Nigeria have the youngest squad on average at this World Cup, but the biggest concern heading into a crunch game with Iceland is that age-old problems remain.

While it would be convenient to blame Nigeria’s defensive frailties in the defeat by Croatia on the relative inexperience of their squad, a weakness at set pieces has long been Nigeria’s Achilles heel.


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