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It wasn't all that long ago that Nigeria was synonymous with soccer success in Africa, consistently qualifying for the World Cup and supplying a slew of talent to Europe's big leagues. Now, however, the Super Eagles are in serious danger of missing the World Cup for a second consecutive time. Taiwo & Co. blew a two-goal lead at home to Tunisia last month, and now must win their final two games against Mozambique and Kenya and hope the Tunisians slip up. "We need to be optimistic and not ask ourselves any questions," says left back Taiwo, who is one of Nigeria's biggest scoring threats.

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