The question on everyone’s lips after Japan’s resounding 3-0 thrashing of a second-string Nigerian team, was has Japan turned the corner and will Zico now be given the elbow room he has so craved in order to take the national team to a new level?

A cursory glance at the Nigeria starting lineup emphatically answers the former, as only two players from that team could legitimately lay claim to a regular place in the team.

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