Even though the team will struggle against the powerful Argentinians in Group F, the Nigerian Super Eagles was named by the Bleacher Report this week as an especial “dark-horse” contender alongside Chile. Manager Stephen Keshi certainly appears to be committed to a decent result in Brasil, even after the 0-0 draw against Greece this week, stating that he wishes to “make Africa the proudest continent”; meanwhile, Goldman Sachs does not believe the Eagles will reach the round of 16. The Nigerian story this year may well emerge from the same place that the Guardian’s Experts’ Network has focused upon: midfielder Ogenyi Onazi. With two other key players injured this week, Onazi’s smooth ability to “break up play”, his humility and a deep religiosity could lay the foundations for African pride at this year’s World Cup finals.
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