Nigeria: 2018 World Cup - Eagles Can Better Argentina in Russia - - Echiejile

Nigeria's Super Eagles celebrate a win at the last World Cup in Brazil. They are one of five African teams in Russia next year, the others being Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
3 December 2017

Super Eagles and Sivasspor of Turkey left back, Elderson Echiejile says he's confident that Nigeria will make it from Group D ahead of Argentina.

The Turkey-based defender, Elderson Echiejile spoke to immediately after the final World Cup Draw in Moscow yesterday.

The Super Eagles face off with the South Americans at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018 in both countries final group game.

Nigeria have lost by the odd goal in each of their five different group matches with Argentina at the World Cup, including a 3-2 loss to a team inspired by Lionel Messi in Brazil 2014.

"It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams. The Super Eagles in recent times have stepped up in the game, and the Draw was a good one". Echiejile told

Echiejile further stressed, that "With good preparation, support and prayers of Nigerians, the team will do well in the group, even above the highly rated Argentina."

Nigeria qualified for the second round of the World Cup in 1994, 1998, and 2014, and was knocked out in the group stage in 2002 and 2010.

Our opponents should be afraid of us - Chukwu

Former Super Eagles coaches, Christian Chukwu has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles have the personnel to see them through the group stage of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria is in Group D, alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. But Chukwu, who was part of the Nigeria technical crew to the 1994 World Cup with Nigeria said, "it is a nice group. We have a very good team and I am not afraid. I think, our opponents should be afraid of us."

Chukwu was reminded that Argentina that lost in a recent friendly to the Eagles would want to come out for vengeance. He said, "The World Cup is a different ball game. They will come out with their full squad. We too will come out with our full squad. It is not going to be easy for either side. That is not to say the Eagles are inferior to them.

"Football is growing all over the world and there are no more big names to be afraid of. We are equally good," Chukwu said.

It's a tough group - Kojo Williams

Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Kojo Williams has said Super Eagles World Cup group which pitches the Nigerian representatives against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia is a tough one.

Reacting to the World Cup draw held in Russia yesterday, Williams said, "it's a tough draw for Nigeria. It is a tough group because you can't write off any of the teams."

He said what the Nigerian team need do is good preparations and team work. "They mus work together as a family. They must not listen to side talks and avoid distractions.

"Above all, the team has to be disciplined," he said. "If they can do all these and provided with all they require to excel then Nigeria will be good to go."

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