Eagles vs south africa

The Super Eagles have been given Lionel
Messi’s Argentine team for the umpteenth
time, this will be the third consecutive time
Nigeria will be in the same group with the
South Americans.

The other two teams in Nigeria’s group
are debutants Iceland and European
side Croatia.

We take a look at five reasons why
Nigeria should progress from the group.

1. We are facing a familiar foe in Russia

Nigeria and Argentina were grouped
together in South Africa 2010 and Brazil
2014 and as a matter of fact Nigeria
have only avoided the South Americans
once in their last five world cups and
that was in France 98.

The Super Eagles defeated Sampoli’s
men in a friendly match in Kransdor
Russia 4-2 and Rohr’s men can draw
inspiration from that game when they
come up against Argentina at the World

2. Hunger and the desire of a young Super
Eagles squad

Motivation can be defined as the drive
that pushes a group of people or
individual to attain a particular goal or
stated objectives. In this case most of the
current Super Eagles players are young
and have not played at the biggest stage
of football which is the World Cup and
to most of them it is that driving force
that makes them want to “die on the

We must recall that in 1998 Jay Jay
Okocha oozed quality and that earned
him a big money move to French side
Paris Saint Germain.

3. Nigeria is the second most experience
team in the group

Besides Argentina, the Super Eagles
have more World Cup experience than
Iceland and Croatia. Our experienced
players like John Mikel Obi can help
galvanise the young Nigerian troops.

4. Gernot Rohr’s technical know-how

The German tactician has shown since
his arrival that he is a tactical genius,
and he proved it throughout the World
Cup qualifiers for the Eagles and also in
the frendly match against a strong
Argentine team.

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