The Super Eagles have since crashed out of the World Cup in Russia but there are sprinkle of players still in contention and of Nigerian descent.

One of them is Manuel Obafemi Akanji who is playing for Switzerland and would be battling it out against Sweden for a place in the quarter finals on Tuesday.

The Swiss head into the last-16 clash having finished runners-up to Brazil in Group E and are unbeaten so far in the tournament.

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In fact, Vladimir Petkovic's side have risen to sixth in the latest FIFA world rankings on the back of an impressive recent run of just one loss in their last 25 games, eye-catching form that has not surprised many.

On his part, Sweden boss Janne Andersson knows just what a tough test his players will face in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

"It's a situation again where we have to reach our personal best, I know I keep on repeating it but I think it's a very good description on what is needed from us both as individuals and as a team," the Sweden head coach said.

"We need to reach our absolute highest level, then we will have the chance to beat Switzerland as well."

Switzerland last made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1954 when the tournament was held on home soil.

Since then, they have always been knocked out whenever they've reached the round of 16 (1994, 2006, 2014), not scoring a single goal in any of those three games.

Akanji and his teammates will hope to rewrite history in Russia on Tuesday.