June 17, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto — Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Referee: J. Aguilar
Confederations Cup Preview: Tahiti - Nigeria
The Africa Cup of Nations champion has seen its preparations hampered, giving the small Polynesian island a glimmer of hope of causing an upset
By Alec Fenn
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.
It will be buoyed by the fact the Super Eagles are without Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Kalu Uche and Ogenyi Onazi through injury, while hoping center back Nicollas Vallar recovers from an ankle injury in time to aid their cause.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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 it remains unbeaten in the Confederations Cup.
- Tahiti is ranked 138th in the world - two places better off than Afghanistan.
- The Polynesian island likes to keep it in the family. Alvin, Lorenzo and Jonathan Tehau are brothers, while cousin Teaonui also plays for the national side.
- Tahiti plays its home fixtures at the 10,000-seater Stade Pater stadium.
Top 3 Predictions
Tahiti 0-2 Nigeria
- 16.35 %
Tahiti 1-2 Nigeria
- 12.93 %
Tahiti 1-3 Nigeria
- 12.89 %
|FIFA Confederations Cup (FCC)||Jun 17, 2013||Tahiti 1 - Nigeria 6|
|Jun 23, 2013||Uruguay 8 - Tahiti 0||FCC|
|Jun 20, 2013||Spain 10 - Tahiti 0||FCC|
|Jun 17, 2013||Tahiti 1 - Nigeria 6||FCC|
|Mar 26, 2013||New Caledonia 1 - Tahiti 0||WCQO|
|Mar 23, 2013||Tahiti 2 - Solomon Islands 0||WCQO|
|14||Steevy Chong Hue||Striker|
|3||Uwa Elderson Echiejile||Defender|
|10||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
|7||Ahmed Firaz Moosa||Striker|
|-||John Ogochukwu Ogu|