Nigeria FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

No African team has ever reached the World Cup semifinals. Can you end the wait with Nigeria in the FIFA 18 Wold Cup update?


Nigeria will be Africa’s biggest hope at the World Cup in Russia, as they look to become the first country from the continent to reach the semifinals of the biggest tournament in the world. 

With names such as Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel and Alex Iwobi in their squad, the current Nigerian outfit is among the strongest they have ever had, and a kind group this summer gives them a realistic chance of reaching the knockout stages for the second time in a row. 

The personnel and the draw, not to mention THAT kit, make Nigeria one of the best teams to manage on the World Cup update on FIFA 18. If you want to win a history-making World Cup with an underdog, the Super Eagles are the team for you. 

Team rating

Nigeria receive a four star rating for the World Cup, which consists of a 75 attack, 76 midfield and 72 defence.

Nigeria’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Croatia

Iceland

Argentina

Round of 16

France

Quarterfinal

Uruguay or Portugal

Semifinal

Brazil or Belgium

Final
Spain/Argentina/Germany

Nigerian fans will be pleased with the group stage draw, especially given they defeated Argentina 4-2 back in November. The other two sides, Croatia and Iceland, are winnable ties for the pacey Nigerian side, and there is no reason that the Super Eagles cannot progress to the knockouts.

It’s a big step up if you get to the Round of 16, where France will likely wait. The French hold even more pace than Nigeria and have no serious areas of weakness. You will need to defend deep and try to hit Les Bleus on the counter-attack if you are to reach the quarterfinals.

A last eight tie against either Uruguay or Portugal is a favourable fixture, and although they still are both stronger than Nigeria, there is definitely room for an upset. For the semifinals, a clash against Brazil or Belgium looks like a tough ask for a thin Nigeria squad, as does a trip to the final to face Spain, Argentina or World Champions Germany. 

Formation

Nigeria use a 4-2-3-1 wide formation, which is well balanced so you should stick with the formation for your World Cup campaign.

Carl Ikeme takes the goalkeeping spot, with Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Elderson Echiejile in defence.

John Obi Mikel and midfield engine Wilfred Ndidi (88 stamina) shield the defence, as the dangerous Victor Moses (84 dribbling) and Alex Iwobi provide the width.

You may wish to move Kelechi Iheanacho into a centre forward position to play just off Odion Ighalo in attack.

On the bench opt for Francis Uzoho, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Ogenyi Onazi, Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa and Obafemi Martins. 

Tactics

Tactically, it’s not easy to judge what to do with this Nigeria side. They have speed, but the defence is nowhere near strong enough to leave it exposed on the counter-attack.

Going forward, it’s important that there is movement behind striker Odion Ighalo. His strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho can lead this if you allow to him to ‘free roam’ for positioning freedom on the instructions tab, and he should also get into box for crosses’. You should also do the same for left midfielder Alex Iwobi.

You have strength in central midfield through John Obi Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi, and it’s important you dictate the tempo with the pair. Four attacking outlets lie ahead of them, and they both have the capacity to find them.

If you need a goal in the last half an hour, fear not, as there is heaps of pace on the bench. Ahmed Musa (92 sprint speed) and Moses Simon (93 agility) can play either on the flanks or up front to get that decisive goal.

Fly with the Super Eagles

It won’t be easy to go on a run deep into the tournament with Nigeria, but boy, it’ll be fun. Getting that balance between attack and defence will be hard, therefore your midfield partnership of John Obi Mikel and Wilfred Ndidi will be vital.

Even with a generous group, a trip beyond the Round of 16 isn’t to be expected, unless you can top Group D. Nigeria did defeat Argentina in the autumn and only lost 3-2 four years ago in Brazil, so there is certainly a chance for them. Africa need a World Cup semifinalist, but can you deliver?

Nigeria squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Carl Ikeme

31

GK

Wolves

70

Francis Uzoho

19

GK

Deportivo La Coruna

68

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

29

GK

Ifeanyi Ubah

68

Daniel Akpeyi

31

GK

Chippa United

65

Oladele Ajiboye

27

GK

Plateau United

64

Defenders

William Troost-Ekong

24

CB

Bursaspor

74

Leon Balogun

29

CB

Brighton

74

Kenneth Omeruo

24

CB
RB

Kasimpasa

72

Chidozie Awaziem

21

CB

RB

Nantes

72

Elderson Echiejile

30

LB

Cercle Brugge

71

Ola Aina

21

LB

RB

Hull

70

Efe Ambrose

29

CB
RB

Hibernian

69

Brian Idowu

26

LB
LWB
CB
LM

Amkar Perm

69

Tyronne Ebuehi

22

RB

Benfica

69

Stephen Eze

24

CB

Lokomotiv Plovdiv

65

Musa Muhammed

21

RB
LB

Lokomotiv Plovdiv

65

Kingsley Madu

22

LB

Zulte Waregem

65

Midfielders

Victor Moses

27

RM
RWB

Chelsea

80

Wilfred Ndidi

21

CDM

Leicester

79

John Obi Mikel

31

CM

Tianjin TEDA

77

Alex Iwobi

22

LM

ST

Arsenal

76

Moses Simon

22

LM
ST

Gent

74

Henry Onyekuru

20

LM

Anderlecht

74

Joel Obi

27

CM

CDM

Torino

74

Ahmed Musa

25

RM
ST

CSKA Moscow

74

Oghenekaro Etebo

22

CAM
LM
RM

Las Palmas

73

John Ogu

30

CM
CDM
CAM

Hapoel Be’er Sheva

72

Uche Henry Agbo

22

CDM
CB

Standard Liege

72

Mikel Agu

25

CDM

Bursaspor

72

Chidiebere Nwakali

21

CDM

Aberdeen

64

Attackers

Odion Ighalo

28

ST

Changchun Yatai

76

Kelechi Iheanacho

21

ST
CAM

Leicester

75

Obafemi Martins

33

ST

Shanghai Shenhua

74

Brown Ideye

29

ST

Malaga

72

Anthony Nwakaeme

29

ST
LM

Hapoel Be’er Sheva

72

Olarenwaju Kayode

25

ST

Shakhtar Donetsk

72

Simy

26

ST

Crotone

69

Junior Lokosa

24

ST

Kano Pillars

65

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