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Title: NIGERIA’S 23 MAN TEAM FOR 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP: See Players Profile
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Although, Nigeria had been to the World Cup five times, they decided to take more of rookies to Brazil this time around. Apart Goa...



Although, Nigeria had been to the World Cup five times, they decided to take more of rookies to Brazil this time around. Apart Goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, then Captain Joseph Yobo as well as returnee Osaza Odenwingie that had been to the mundial two times, others will be making their debut in Brazil.

The team has few experienced players, John Mikel Obi, who plays in English Premier League side Chelsea; Victor Moses now on loan to Liverpool and the old war horse Shola Ameobi of Newcastle.   

We are yet to see how the team will cope in such big time competition that require lots of experience.. But again, that’s the trademark of Stephen Keshi, the chief coach of the Nigerian team. He had severally used rookies to create major upset, just the way he did in AFCON 2013.

Below are the profiles of Keshi’s 23 man team to 2014 world cup:



GOAL KEEPERS

Vincent ENYEAMA
DATE OF BIRTH: 29 August 1982 (Age 31)
CURRENT CLUB: Lille (France)
WORLD CUP APP: 2








Austin EJIDE
DATE OF BIRTH: 1 April 1984 (Age 29)
CURRENT CLUB: Hapoel Tele Aviv (Israel)
WORLD CUP APP: 2






Chigozie AGBIM
DATE OF BIRTH: 21 November 1984 (Age 29)
CURRENT CLUB: Gombe United (Nigeria)
WORLD CUP APP: None





DEFENDERS

Kenneth OMERUO
DATE OF BIRTH: 17 October 1993 (Age 21)
CURRENT CLUB: Chelsea (England)
WORLD CUP APP: None







Godfrey  OBOABONA
DATE OF BIRTH: 16 August 1990 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB: Rzespor (Turkey)
WORLD CUP APP: None





 Ambrose EFE
DATE OF BIRTH: 18 October 1989 (Age 24)
CURRENT CLUB: Celtic (Scotland)
WORLD CUP APP: None











Ebenezer ODUNLAMI
DATE OF BIRTH: 5 March 1993 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB:  Sunshine (Nigeria)
WORLD CUP APP: None






 Elderson ECHIEJILE
DATE OF BIRTH: 25 January 1988 (Age 26)
CURRENT CLUB: Monaco (France)
WORLD CUP APP: None



Azubuike EGWUEKWE
DATE OF BIRTH: 16 July 1989 (Age 24)
CURRENT CLUB: W. Wolves (Nigeria)
WORLD CUP APP: None







Jowon OSHANIWA
DATE OF BIRTH: 14 September 1990 (23)
CURRENT CLUB: Ashood (Isreal)
WORLD CUP APP: None







Joseph YOBO
DATE OF BIRTH: 6 September 1980 (Age 33)
CURRENT CLUB:  Frenebache  (Turkey)
WORLD CUP APP: 2







 MIDFIELDERS

John Mikel OBI
DATE OF BIRTH: 22 April 1988 (Age 26)
CURRENT CLUB: Chelsea (England)
WORLD CUP APP: None











Ogeniyi ONAZI
DATE OF BIRTH: 25 December 1992 (Age 31)
CURRENT CLUB: Lazio (Italy)
WORLD CUP APP: None







Reuben GABRIEL
DATE OF BIRTH: 25 September 1991 (Age23)
CURRENT CLUB: Maryland (Belgium)
WORLD CUP APP:










Michael UCHEBO
DATE OF BIRTH: 2 February 1990 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB:  Bugge (Belgium)
WORLD CUP APP: None













Ramon AZEEZ
DATE OF BIRTH: 12 December 1990 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB: Almeria (Spain)
WORLD CUP APP: None








FORWARDS

Victor MOSES
DATE OF BIRTH: 12 December 1990 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB: Liverpool (England)
WORLD CUP APP: None





Emmanuel EMENIKE
DATE OF BIRTH: 10 May 1987 (Age 26)
CURRENT CLUB:  Frenebache (Turkey)
WORLD CUP APP: None








Osaze ODENWINGIE
DATE OF BIRTH: 15 May 1981 (Age 32)
CURRENT CLUB:  Stroke (England)
WORLD CUP APP: 2












Shola AMEOBI
DATE OF BIRTH: 12 October 1981 (Age 32)
CURRENT CLUB: Newcastle (England)
WORLD CUP APP: None






 Ahmed MUSA
 DATE OF BIRTH: 14 October 1992 (Age 21)
CURRENT CLUB: CSKA (Russia)
WORLD CUP APP: None











 Uche NWOFOR
DATE OF BIRTH: 17 September 1991 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB: Hekoven Beligum
WORLD CUP APP: None









Babatunde MICHAEL
DATE OF BIRTH: 24 December 1991 (Age 23)
CURRENT CLUB: Voun (Ukraine)
WORLD CUP APP: None



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