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FIFA U-17 World Cup Preview: Nigeria vs. Iraq

FIFA U-17 World Cup Preview: Nigeria vs. Iraq

Match Date: 25 October 2013

Match Venue: Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai



Three-time U-17 World Cup champions, Nigeria, are re-establishing their feat in the current edition’s group stage. Shrouding Mexico in a 1-6 finish during the round’s curtain raiser, the Nigerians proved once again that they are indeed a global superpower when it comes to junior football and football in general. They are leading their FIFA cluster with four points under their belt, obtained from the aforesaid victory and a draw (with Sweden) in their most recent outing.

The troupe’s 10th appearance in the global competition paved the way to introduce new-generation stars like Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho. The former scored in the two matches they had in the tournament, while the latter detonated four goals in just one meeting. Manu Garba is highly positive that Nigeria will climb to an optimistic result by the conclusion of the entire tournament.



A good number of players in Iraq’s current brood excelled remarkably in the recent AFC U-16 and Arab U-17 Championships. Top goal scorer and standout player Sherko Kareem, as well as Samer Majid, among other young bloods, have strengthened team head Muwafaq Adlool’s hope of a good showing in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup finals. However, the expectations were spoiled in an unripe time after the squad failed to deliver positive results in the group stage’s first two fixtures.

For the record, Kareem did score a goal in the curtain raiser, but his lonesome bullet was overpowered by the innings supplied by Mexico’s Diaz, Almanza, and Rivas. In their latest bout, Iraq have fallen prey to the sharp talons of Sweden’s top linchpins.


World Cup betting tip: Apparently, Nigeria are in a much better shape than Iraq. This tourney between the current table’s top placers and bottom occupants will exude a bloody finish for the underdogs. The Nigerians could bag a win from this tourney through a plausible clean sheet.


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