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Wednesday, 12 June 2002
World Cup 2002 Finals First Phase Group F

Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
Nigeria Squad
England Squad
Team Records
 
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The Nigeria Squad for the 2002 World Cup Finals Pre-England  June 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
8. Adepoju, Mutiu 22 December 1970 31 M UD Salamanca SAD, Spain 49 5
13. Afolabi, Rabiu 18 April 1980 22 D Royal Standard de Liege, Belgium 5 0
17. Aghahowa, Julius 12 February 1982 20 F FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine 19 12
18. Akwuegbu, Benedict 3 November 1974 27 F Shenyang Ginde, China 16 5
3. Babayaro, Celestine Hycieth 29 August 1978 23 D Chelsea FC, England 26 0
15. Christopher, Justice Longs 24 December 1981 20 M Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium 9 0
12. Ejide, Augustine Amamchukwu 8 April 1984 18 G Gabros International FC 3 0
19. Ejiofor, Eric Okechukwu 21 July 1979 22 D Maccabi Haifi FC, Israel 12 0
22. Enyeama, Vincent 29 August 1982 19 G Enyimba FC 2 0
7. Ikedia, Pius 11 July 1980 21 F Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 11 0
4. Kanu, Nwankwo 1 August 1976 25 F Arsenal FC, England 38 6

Nwankwo Kanu is injured and unavailable for selection.

11. Lawal, Garba 22 May 1974 28 M SV Roda Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade, Netherlands 35 4
20. Obiorah, James Chibuzor 24 August 1978 23 M FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia 2 1
9. Ogbeche, Bartholomew Owogbalor 1 October 1984 17 D Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 6 0
10. Okocha, Augustine Azuka 14 August 1973 28 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 58 8
5. Okoronkwo, Isaac 1 May 1978 24 D FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine 14 0
23. Opabunmi, Femi 3 March 1985 17 F Shooting Stars SC 2 1
1. Shorunmu, Ike Ibrahim 16 October 1967 34 G FC Luzern, Switzerland 36 0
16. Sodje, Efetobore Peter 5 October 1972
born in London
29 D Crewe Alexandra FC, England 8 1
14. Udeze, Ifeanyi 21 July 1980 21 D Panthessalonikios Athlitikos Omilos Constantinoupoliton, Greece 16 0
21. Utaka, John Chukwudi 8 January 1982 20 F Al Sadd SC, Qatar 5 0
6. West, Taribo 26 March 1974 28 D unattached, after being released by 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Germany 40 0
2. Yobo, Joseph Phillip 6 September 1980 21 D Olympique de Marseille, France 16 0

Squad details correct up to and including Nigeria's match against Sweden on 7 June 2002.

Diary

Sunday, 19 May 2002 - Festus Onigbonde has left Finidi George out of his World Cup squad. The decision was widely expected as the Ipswich Town forward has not been picked for Ngieria's recent friendly matches.

Tuesday, 21 May 2002 -
Left-back Celestine Babayaro will be given until 30 May to prove his fitness ahead of the Finals. He is suffering from a thigh problem which has caused him to miss the last few matches of Chelsea's season, as well as the friendly with Ireland last week. Ajax defender Ogbonna Kanu has been placed on standby as a precaution.

Tuesday, 28 May 2002
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Babayaro has arrived in Japan and begun full training, relieving doubts that me might have had to withdraw from the squad. He survived his first training session with no ill-effects.
 

Sunday, 2 June 2002 - A single Gabriel Batistuta goal sinks Nigeria in their opening World Cup Finals match. However, Nwankwo Kanu may miss Nigeria's next match against Sweden on Friday, after he was elbowed in the ribs and had to be substituted shortly after half-time.

Fri
day, 7 June 2002 - Sweden striker Henrik Larsson sent Nigeria crashing out of the World Cup with two goals in a pulsating encounter in Kobe. Julius Aghahowa had given Nigeria a surprise lead after 27 minutes after a period of sustained Swedish pressure.

Saturday, 8 June 2002 - Jay Jay Okacha has announced that he will retire from international football after the England match on Wednesday. The 28 year old said he wants to give younger players a chance.

Nigeria Form: last six games
W W W W L L  f 9:a 5 success: 67%
328 17 April 2002 - Scotland 1 Nigeria 2 [1-1]
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Daily
Agahowa (2)
Fr AW
329 4 May 2002 - Nigeria 3 Kenya 0 [0-0]
 Surelere Stadium, Lagos
Ojigwe, Opabunmi, Oruma HW
330 16 May 2002 - Republic of Ireland 1 Nigeria 2 [0-1]
 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Reid
Aghahowa, Sodje
AW
331 18 May 2002 - Jamaica 0 Nigeria 1 [0-0]
 Loftus Road Stadium, London
Obiorah NW
332 2 June 2002 - Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 [0-0]
Kashima Sakkā Sutajiamu, Ibaraki
Batistuta WCF NL
333 7 June 2002 - Sweden 2 Nigeria 1 [1-1]
Kōbe Uingu Sutajiamu, Kōbe-shi
Larsson (2 (1 pen))
Aghahowa
NL

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