Meet each player in Nigeria’s World Cup 2018 team

June 15, 2018
The World Cup kicked off yesterday and while we’ve not forgiven the person who lied to us about Wizkid performing, we are pretty excited about Nigeria’s first match tomorrow. So we made a quick list of each player because if you live on Twitter liked I do you’ll think the only members of the Nigerian team are Iwobi, Moses and Mikel Obi.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa – Goalkeeper

Ezenwa currently plays for Enyimba International F.C.

Daniel Akpeyi – Goalkeeper

Akpeyi plays for Chippa United.

Francis Uzoho – Goalkeeper

Uzoho plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña as a goalkeeper and is apparently the youngest member of the team at just 19 years of age.

Alex Iwobi – Forward

Asides from being a professional fine boy Iwobi plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal.

Simeon Nwankwo – Forward

Nwankwo plays as a forward for Italian club Crotone.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Forward

Iheanacho plays for Premier League club Leicester City

Ahmed Musa – Forward

Musa plays as a forward for English team Leicester City.

Odion Ighalo – Forward

Ighalo plays as a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai.

Victor Moses – Forward

Moses plays as a winger for Premier League club Chelsea

Bryan Idowu – Defender

Who knew Iwobi wasn’t the only fine boy on the team. Russian-Nigerian professional football player Idowu chose to play for the Nigerian team.

Leon Balogun – Defender

Balogun is a German-born Nigerian professional football defender who plays for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Shehu Abdullahi – Defender

Abdullahi plays for Turkish side Bursaspor

Chidozie Awaziem – Defender

Awaziem plays for French club FC Nantes on loan from FC Porto as a central defender.

Elderson Echiejile – Defender

Echiejile plays for Belgian club Cercle Brugge K.S.V. as a left back.

William Troost-Ekong – Defender

Troost-Ekong plays as a centre back for Turkish club Bursaspor.

Kenneth Omeruo – Defender

Omeruo plays as a defender for Kasımpaşa on loan from English club Chelsea.

Tyronne Ebuehi – Defender

The  second youngest player on the team, Ebuehi plays for Portuguese club Benfica.

Wilfred Ndidi – Midfielder

Ndidi like Musa also plays for Premier League club Leicester City.

Joel Obi – Midfielder

Obi plays as a midfielder for Italian club Torino.

Oghenekaro Etebo – Midfielder

Etebo plays as a midfielder for Stoke City.

Ogenyi Onazi – Midfielder

Onazi plays as a central midfielder for Turkish club Trabzonspor.

John Ogu – Midfielder

Ogu plays as a central midfielder for the Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Mikel John Obi – Midfielder

Everyone’s favourite, John Obi plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.
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