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Tahiti vs Nigeria, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

tahiti vs nigeria Tahiti vs Nigeria, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

Tahiti, a tiny island in the South Pacific, battle African powerhouse Nigeria today in the third day of matches in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Ranked number 138 in the world, and featuring a team of amateurs, not much is known about the Tahiti side, but it’s certainly a Cinderella story.

Here’a promotional video from Tahiti to give you an idea of how this side plays, as well as the field conditions they played on in their island:

Nigeria, meanwhile, have brought over a younger side than normal, so it’ll be a good test to see what depth the current Africa Cup Of Nations champions has.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN (and WatchESPN) at 2:30pm ET.

MORE — 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know.

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6 Responses to Tahiti vs Nigeria, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

  1. San Fransiscan says:

    How disrespectful was the Nigerian Captain. Didn’t even bother to shake hands with the Tahiti Captain, he was tying his shoelaces.

  2. Pio says:

    I have to say i was rooting for Tahiti. Having taken the time to read about how they made it to the Confederation’s cup, is a refreshing story about a team made mostly from amateur players. Glad to see them score against Nigeria.

  3. gillyrosh says:

    The joy of the Tahitian team is infectious. I followed the match on Twitter and cheered when I read they’d scored a goal. I love that the fans in the stadium adopted the Tahitians. I guess they couldn’t resist the underdog story either.

  4. Steven P. says:

    As much as Tahiti are crowd favorites I have to say they are quite poor. Nigeria weren’t that good yet scored 6 goals. I fear for Tahiti against Spain and Uruguay.

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