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Nigeria are looked upon as the nearly-men of African football with a history that, with just a bit more luck, could have seen them the dominant force in African football.
The team has won the Nations Cup on two occasions, but that is a poor record when you consider that have reached six finals in all, and appeared in the semifinals on no less than 12 occasions.
Their poor conversion rate is difficult to explain, especially in recent years when they have been one of the chief exporters of top talent from Africa to Europe, and a quarterfinal exit at the 2008 tournament in Ghana proved the last straw for German coach Berti Vogts, who was shown the door.
He has been replaced by Shaibu Amodu, who despite leading the team to six wins out of six in the last round of 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well as a friendly win over France in Paris, seems unable to convince the Super Eagles faithful that he is the right man for the job.
Nigeria also have a good record at the World Cup finals. They surprised everybody in their maiden appearance in the USA in 1994 by making the second round, where they eventually lost to finalists Italy.
They repeated the feat in 1998 in France, but could only manage a first round exit at the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea.
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