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Tahiti-Nigeria Preview: Minnows look to stun troubled Super Eagles

15 June 2013 20:30

One is Africa's leading nation with vast experience of international competition, while the other is a 138th-ranked island with a population of just 178,000. Those two statistics alone mean there should be a vast gulf in class between the two sides on Monday, as they contest their opening Confederations Cup fixture. But with Nigeria troubled by a dispute between the squad and the nation's football federation, Tahiti will hope to pull of one of the great shocks of international football.

They will be buoyed by the fact the Super Eagles are without Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Kalu Uche and Ogenyi Onazi through injury, while hoping centre-back Nicollas Vallar recovers from an ankle injury in time to aid their cause.

Nigeria qualified for the tournament after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.

The Super Eagles appeared in the original version of the competition - the King Fahd Cup back in 1995.

Nigeria beat Japan 3-0, drew 0-0 with Argentina and 1-1 with Mexico in that tournament - meaning they remain unbeaten in the Confederations Cup.

Tahiti are ranked 138th in the world - two places better off than Afghanistan.

The Polynesian island like to keep it in the family. Alvin, Lorenzo and Jonathan Tehau are brothers, while cousin Teaonui also plays for the national side.

Tahiti play their home fixtures at the 10,000-seater Stade Pater stadium.

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Competition
Confederations Cup
Date
17 June 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
1 - 6

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
10' N. Oduamadi
 (assist by A. Musa)
0 - 3
J. Tehau 54'
(assist by M. Vahirua) 
1 - 3
1 - 4
68' J. Tehau (OG)
1 - 5
76' N. Oduamadi
 (assist by B. Ideye)
1 - 6
80' U. Echiejile
 (assist by A. Musa)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3 5' 80'
5
22 41'
2
10
13
19
14
7
20 10' 26' 76'
Coach: S. Keshi

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
11
12
1
9
14
15
18
20
21
22
# Player Bookings
8
4
6
9
11
12
15
16
18
21
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