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Soccer-Emenike leads the line for Nigeria

Reuters

By Alan Baldwin

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) - Emmanuel Emenike will spearhead Nigeria's attack against Iran when the African champions open their World Cup campaign on Monday in search of a first win at a finals since 1998.

Emenike, joint top scorer at the African Nations Cup finals last year, leads the line with the formidable Vincent Enyeama in goal for the Group F match at the Baixada stadium.

Enyeama takes the captain's armband from veteran defender Joseph Yobo, who will be on the bench along with forwards Peter Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi.

Iran, yet to keep a clean sheet at a finals and also without a win at this stage since 1998 - have Reza Ghoochannejhad as sole striker and captain Javad Nekounam marshalling the midfield. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by...)

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