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Nigeria in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
France 1998 was Nigeria's 2nd appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Best World Cup Performance:
In USA 1994, Nigeria showed how strong they were by finishing top of the group; ahead of Bulgaria and Argentina.

Nigeria then went out to Italy, after extra time.

Nigeria in the 1998 World Cup

Nigeria Football Association.
Group D

13th June: vs. Spain (3:2) in Nantes.

19th June: vs. Bulgaria (1:0) in Paris.

24th June: vs. Paraguay (1:3) in Toulouse.

Nigeria won their group thanks largely to their opening game victory against the seeds, Spain.

Knockout Stage

2nd Round
28th June: vs. Denmark (1:4) in Saint-Denis.

A classy-looking Denmark profited from the poor goalkeeping of Tufai to finish off Nigeria's World Cup run.

Confédération Africaine de Football.

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Nigeria World Cup Squad


1 Peter Rufai (Deportivo La Coruna)
12 William Okpara (Orlando Pirates)
22 Abiodun Baruwa (Sion)


2 Mobi Oparaku (Kapellen)
3 Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea)
5 Uche Okechukwu (Fenerbahce)
6 Taribo West (Inter Milan)
16 Uche Okafor (Kansas City Wizards)
17 Augustine Eguavoen (Torpedo Moscow)
19 Ben Iroha (Elche)
21 Godwin Okpara (Strasbourg)


7 Finidi George (Real Betis)
8 Mutiu Adepoju (Real Sociedad)
10 Jay-Jay Okocha (Fenerbahce)
11 Garba Lawal (Roda JC Kerkrade)
13 Tijani Babangida (Ajax)
15 Sunday Oliseh (Ajax)
18 Wilson Oruma (Lens)


4 Nwankwo Kanu (Inter Milan)
9 Rashidi Yekini (FC Zurich)
14 Daniel Amokachi (Besiktas)
20 Victor Ikpeba (Monaco)

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Teams by Group

Group A
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Group B
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Group C
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group D
Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Spain Spain.

Group E
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Holland Holland, Travel to Mexico Mexico, Travel to South Korea South Korea.

Group F
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Group G
Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to England England, Travel to Romania Romania, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Group H
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Japan Japan.

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