Nigeria: We represent the opponent of the national team of Ukraine in today's friendly match
After a confident victory over the Lithuanian team (3-0) in the Euro-2020 match Ukraine will face Nigeria today in a friendly match.
As of July 2019, Nigerians were ranked 33rd in FIFA's official ranking. He played his first match in the history of Nigeria on October 8, 1949 in Lagos with the Sierra Leone team, beating 2-0.
Nigeria won the African Nations Cup three times (1980, 1994, 2013), won the gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and in 2008 won silver in Beijing and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro - bronze medalist of the Olympic Games .
The Nigerians have qualified six times for the final of the World Championships. Their best achievement is reaching the 1/8 finals of the tournament (1994, 1998, 2014). Three more times the team completed the group stage fight (2002, 2010, 2018).
Among its fans, the Nigerian national team has the nicknames "Superrolls" and "African Brazilians".
The composition of the Nigeria national team
Goalkeepers: Ichechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United), Frances Uzoho (Omonia, Cyprus), Emil Okoe (Fortuna, Germany).
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), William Ekong (Udinese, Italy), Tyron Ebuehi (Benfica, Portugal), Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Chidozi Avazim (Porto, Portugal), Oluvasemilog Ajay (West Brom, England), Jamil Collins (Paderborn, Germany).
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, England), Ogenekaro Etebo (Stoke, England), Alex Iwobi (Everton, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, England), Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland) .
Forwards: Samuel Kalou (Bordeaux, France), Moses Simon (Levante, Spain), Henry Onyecuru (Monaco, France), Paul Onuachu (Middyullann, Denmark), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain), Victor Osimchen (Lille, France).
The biggest representation in the national team of Nigeria have English clubs. They delegated six performers. Three players each represent the championships of France and Spain. And only one goalkeeper, Ichechukvu Ezenva, stands for the club in the domestic championship.
German 66-year-old specialist Gernot Rohr has been training the Nigerian national team since August 2016. Under his arm, the Superrolls reached the final of the 2018 World Cup. There, they defeated Iceland (2-0), but lost to Croatia (0-2) and Argentina (1-2), eventually finishing third in Group D. His success this year, Nigeria's third in the African Cup, cannot be overlooked. .
Gernot Rohr has extensive experience working with teams from the Black Continent. He has worked with the teams of Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso. His most successful collaboration with the Gabonese is to be recognized as the most successful. In 2014, this team reached the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, where the penalty was lost to the team of Mali.
In his club career, a great success Rora can be considered working with the French "Bordeaux". Under the guidance of a German specialist, the team reached the finals of the UEFA Cup-1995/1996, where they lost to Bayern Munich (0: 2, 1: 3).
Nigeria will not be able to count on two of its leaders in a match with Ukraine. Midfielder Ahmed Musa (87 appearances, 15 goals) and striker Odion Igalo (35 appearances, 16 goals) are injured. The experienced captain of the team, 32-year-old John Obi Mikel, will also not take part in the meeting.
In the absence of these three performers, Nigeria's 23-year-old Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, can be considered the nominal leader of the Nigeria national team. As part of the Nigeria national team, he played 36 duels, scoring six goals. Alex is a graduate of the Arsenal school in London, where he has been studying for eight years.
Of course, Ivobi's club career began at Arsenal, for which in 2015–2019 he played 100 matches and scored 11 goals. On August 8, 2019, the midfielder signed a five-year contract with Everton. The transfer amount was £ 40 million.
Relations with Ukraine
The teams of Nigeria and Ukraine did not meet. But in general, with the African teams, the Blue and Yellow have played six matches. The statistics show the benefit of our national team.
Three matches against the Africans ended with the victories of the Ukrainians - with Niger (2: 1), Libya (3-0) and Tunisia (1-0). Three more blue-yellow duels were drawn - with Libya (1: 1), Cameroon (0: 0) and Morocco (0: 0).
We will remind that the friendly match at the stadium "Dnipro-Arena" between the national teams of Ukraine and Nigeria will take place today, September 10 (beginning - at 21.30 pm).