By 7pm Nigerian time this evening, soccer crazy Nigerians will stayed glue to their television sets watching and at the same time praying for their darling team, as they file out in a titanic battle against mercurial Lionel Messi and his gang in the final group stage of the 2018 world cup in Russia.

Both sides really know what is at stake at this stage of the competition as they all need outright victory against each other to still remain in contention, The Argentines are going to be under serious pressure to turn the tables against the youngsters from Nigeria in order not to exit early against the prediction of bookmakers.

This epic clash promises to be thrilling , entertaining, dicey, tension soaked with a lot of drama and fireworks since the largely inexperienced Gernot Rohr’s tutored side can’t afford to be complacent at this crucial stage and the Argentines too know that a draw will definitely see them taking the next available flight to Buenos Aries.

Nigerians will indeed be banking on the superlative performance of their on song talisman, Ahmed Musa who is an old warhorse in this battle to re-enact his previous world cup form of 2014 to take the Eagles of Argentina to the cleaners when he replied Messi too with a brace

The setting is now entirely different especially with the former world best player not really living up to expectations and the shocked ice rubbed on their bodies by debutant Iceland in the opening game yet to melt completely. The dazzling wonder whiz kids from Nigerians must put all spanners in the works to nick this one in a grand style and upset and tear the form books into smithereens now that the ovation is very louder. It is now or never.

What may be the Achilles heels and cause the Super Eagles the much needed victory will be momentarily loss of concentration since a side that has given away two avoidable penalties in two subsequent matches can not be adjudged to be a world class team by all standards. This is indeed a clear manifestation of the undisputed fact that they may easily crumble and cave in under much and constant pressure when it matters most.

Ekong , Ebuehi and Balogun should avoid being complacent in the heart of the defence or they will surely be get punished by slippery ball jugglers in the mould of Messi, Aguero et all.Kenneth Omeruo should be able to bring in his world cup experience and be a stabilising factor here too.It is really a pity that match rusty Ogenyi Onazi is yet to be fielded owing to his poor and deteriorating form or his experience too would have come very handy too

Wilfred Ndidi has not really proven his mettle in the middle of the pack judging from the media hype but has allowed dark horses like teenage sensation safe hands, Francis Uzoho who is unarguably the unsung hero and revelation so far in this tournament to steal the show, Etebo too has put up an impressive showing and has even surprise himself despite the own goal that would have cast a blur on his overall performance

Though not on ground in Russia, the technical crew may ring two changes from the starting lineup that put Iceland permanently in the cooler by starting Ihenancho and Idowu from the bench.The pair of Ighalo and Ebuehi should be given a serious look in to add more bite to the attack and defence line.

For the three ” Oyigbos” wisemen in the defence, they must stood like rocks of Gibraltar to check the menacing onslaught of the Argentines attacking machinery.

Super Eagles are on the verge of making history by qualifying for the next round at the expense of highly rated Argentina whom no soccer pundit foresaw, so this chance must not be floundered or fluffled on a platter of gold .

The vociferous Nigerian fans are solidly behind the young side .Please go and do us proud again and put smiles on our faces, Soar Super Eagles and throw that record that says that anytime Eagles loses their opening world cup game, they exit at the preliminary stage, to the trash can of history
Argentina must fall this evening even with an half goal



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