Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Super Eagles should be ready to confront the ”real” La Albiceleste of Argentina at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, former NFF technical director has said.

Nigeria were on Friday drawn to face the two-time world champions in Group D at next year’s tournament.

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The Super Eagles will be tackling the South Americans for the fifth time in six World Cups, after confronting them in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

The other teams in the group are Croatia and debutants Iceland.

And speaking against the backdrop of their 4-2 win over Argentina in a friendly played in November, former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation Tunde Disu says the Eagles should expect a different Argentina in Vladimir Putin’s country.

“Nigeria should be ready to face the real Argentina opposition. It is true we beat them in a friendly, but this is a World Cup with a different ball game,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.

“The fact that we beat them would have put some element of revenge in them because they won’t want a repeat of that at the Mundial.

“Argentina are highly technical team with which they would have welcome their talisman, Messi. What will be on their head now is that who tops the group.

“Argentina can be beatable, but how ready we are will go a long way in resolving that because we cannot really judge them with the friendly we played against them.’’