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Why Nigeria Will Dominate African Football for The Next Decade

Nigeria last won the Afcon trophy in 2013 with the team led by captain Joseph Yobo and the midfield marshalled by the metronome and long serving Chelsea player John Obi Mikel. In the dugout was the charismatic Stephen 'big boss' Keshi, Nigeria's second most capped player. The West African nation did not qualify for the Championships until 2019.

Nigeria is, however, on the rise and this is why.

1.Victor Osimhen

The lanky forward is every manager's dream. Tall, fast and hard to shake off the ball. The 21 year old averages a goal every othe game for Lille OSC and can only get better. He can operate as a centre forward or a left winger where his pace is a lethal weapon. Nigeria have one for the ages.

Victor Osimhen

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2. Wilfred Ndidi

The Leicester man has been courted by Europe's elite clubs including Manchester United for the past two transfer windows. A look at statistics show that the Foxes perform significantly worse without him in the squad. At 23, he can play at the highest level for a decade.

Wilfred Ndidi

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3. Gernot Rohr

The German born tactician was appointed as coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2015 after a tumultuous 3 year period saw the appointment of 5 coaches, Keshi being appointed and sacked twice.

Gernot Rohr

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4. Imported talent.

The appointment of Gernot Rohr coincided with the Nigerian Football Federation starting an ongoing wooing of European born players of Nigerian descent. The Coach has been instrumental in convincing the players to shift their football allegiance to the West African nation. Alex Iwobi, William Troost Ekoong, Ovie Ejaria and Belgian born lethal striker Cyril Dessers are players who have switches allegiance from European nations to Nigeria. One of the success stories of such foreign born players is Victor Moses who played for England up to under 17 level.

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5. Youthful Squad.

In August 1985, English Premier League Match of The Day Pundit Alan Hansen berated Sir Alex Ferguson with comments that have become part of football folklore. "You can't win anything with kids!" He said. Ooh boy was he wrong. Nigeria have in their hands a golden generation spearheaded by Victor Osimhen 21 and Wilfred Ndidi 23. Others include Villareal's Samwel Chukwueze 21, Henry Onyekuru 23 and Bordeaux striker Josh Maja 21.

The stars seem to be aligning for the Super Eagles and all things held constant, they will be the dark horses of Qatar 2022 and rule African Football for the foreseeable future.

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