The Super Eagles of Nigeria will parade the youngest squad in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, following statistical records of an average age of 24, AOIFootball.com can report.
According to a research published by CIES Football Observatory, the Nigeria will head to the mundial with an average age of 24.9 years, a reflection of the recent success of the country in age grade competitions in recent years.
The age is no surprise to football-loving Nigerians as Coach Gernot Rohr and the NFF hierarchy have always harped on the introduction of youths into the Super Eagles’ squad with the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Henry Onyekuru, and Wilfred Ndidi all under 25 years. Only team captain John Obi Mikel and defender Elderson Echiejile are above 30 years in the current squad.
The top five youngest squads to the World Cup are Nigeria (24.9), Germany (25.7), England (25.9), Denmark (26.1) and Senegal (26.4), while the likes of Portugal, Brazil, Spain and Argentina head to the World Cup with an average age of 27 and 28 between them.
The Super Eagles are expected to know their group opponents when the draw for the World Cup is held on Friday 1st December.
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