Ahead of Super Eagles opener against Croatia on Saturday, Eagleseye Footy looks back upon Nigeria’s performance in the World Cup since their debut in 1994.
As Nigeria make their sixth appearance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles have managed to reach the second round 3times on different ocassions, 1994, 1998 and 2014. 2002 and 2010 Nigeria bowed out in the first round. Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play Croatia on Saturday and subsequent Argentina and Iceland in Group D.
1994 World Cup
Nigeria topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece. Nigeria defeated Bulgaria 3–0, lost to Argentina 1–2, and reached the second round after a 2–0 victory over Greece. In the second round Nigeria played Italy and took the lead with a goal from Emmanuel Amunike at 25 minutes. Nigeria were within two minutes of qualifying for the Quarter-finals, but Roberto Baggio scored to take the game to extra time. He also scored the eventual winning goal. The game ended 2–1 in favour of the Italians.
1998 World Cup
The Eagles qualified for the second round with a win against Bulgaria and a loss to Paraguay. The team’s hopes of surpassing its 1994 performance was shattered after a 1–4 loss to Denmark.
2002 World Cup
After losing 1-0 to Argentina in their opening game. Nigeria’s second game against Sweden saw them take the lead but later lose 2–1. Nigeria then drew 0–0 with England and bowed out in the first round.
2006 World Cups
Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup after finishing level on points in the qualification group with Angola, but having an inferior record in the matches between the sides.
2010 World Cup
Nigeria bowed out in the first round with just one point.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Nigeria were eliminated in the round of 16 and they were not still able to enter the quater-finals.