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Title: Nigeria To Boost With The World’s Best Teams At FIFA Confederations Cup
Author: Benson Chukwueke
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 FIFA Confederations Cup is a tournament of class and not just a dress rehearsal of the World Cup. If the Super Eagles of Nigeria s...


 FIFA Confederations Cup is a tournament of class and not just a dress rehearsal of the World Cup. If the Super Eagles of Nigeria should win the trophy, yes they can… Nigerians will celebrate the victory as much as they would celebrate if the team wins the world cup.


Nigeria National Team
 I don’t entirely agree with Nigeria’s technical director, Shaibu Amodu, who said in his interview with BBC sports that the Super Eagles must focus on qualifying for the 2014 FIFA world cup instead of putting too much effort in winning June’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

I can tell you that the competition is not less important. The fans and media expect Nigeria to do well at the Confederations cup and I will tell you why.


The Confederations cup is a competition of continental champions. Super Eagles is not just representing Nigeria, but the whole of Africa. So the team cannot afford to let down the African continent in such a world show of football prowess. If there’s nothing else to play for, Super Eagles should be playing for the pride of Africa.


Spain National Team
 It is an opportunity to test the depth of the current Super Eagles squad. The Nigerian team will face some of the world’s best teams, Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti in Group B.

Spain and Uruguay are the tournament’s favorites. Spain is the world and European champions, currently number one in FIFA rankings.




Uruguay is South American champions that ousted teams like Argentina and Brazil at Cope America. It will be good if the Super Eagles play against these teams and do well.


Uruguay National Team


It’ll definitely improve Nigeria’s position in FIFA rankings as well as promote the Super Eagles brand, for the coming year Grade A world cup preparation games – that’s good for business if you ask me.






The camping in Nuremberg Germany has put the Super Eagles team in a better from to handle both the qualifiers and the Confederation Cup. The 2 -2 draw with Mexico and the 0 – 1 win in Nairobi against Harambee stars of Kenya will definitely boost the morale of the team and get them set for the qualifier against Namibia on June 12.

Tahiti National Team


Nigeria fans believe that  the Super Eagles have the capability to spring up another victory in Windhoek. And if that happens it’ll yet be another morale booster for the team. It’ll mean that the team has played enough competitive games that may give them the edge in their first Confederations cup match against Tahiti on June 17.





Group B  Match Date – Time Venue  Fixture
16/06  19:00  Recife    Spain V Uruguay
17/06  16:00  Belo Horizonte   Tahiti V Nigeria
20/06   16:00  Rio De Janeiro   Spain V Tahiti
20/06   19:00    Salvador       Nigeria V Uruguay
23/06   16:00   Fortaleza     Nigeria V Spain
23/06   16:00   Recife        Uruguay  V Tahiti

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