Nigeria Drawn in Group D Alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 02, 2017,
Dec 02, 2017, 0:29
The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that he fancies a clash between Nigeria and his native country, Germany as he expects a very tough group in the World Cup draw that holds on Friday in Moscow, Russia.
When we played and beat Argentina 4-2, they did not have Lionel Messi who's arguably the best player in the world.
The Super Eagles will play its first game of the prestigious competition against Croatia on June 16, in Kaliningrad.
The competition, set for Russian Federation, has tossed up some spicy placements, with Portugal and Spain poised to face off in their first match, while England and Belgium will square up in their last.
It's the fifth time that the Super Eagles will be playing Argentina in the group phase of the World Cup since their first appearance at U.S. 1994. "So, we can not surprise them like we did the last time (because) Lionel Messi will be here and Iceland is also a very good team, very strong physically - they have the best fans of the Europe". We showed that it was possible to win against Argentina but it will be a different ball game and we have to be strong both mentally and physically.
"They did it in 2014 and lost against France but last time they were in Pot 3 and now we are Pot 4, so it will be more hard".
The team's last group match will be against Argentina in St Petersburg on June 26.
Rohr told BBC, "I know Germany very well and sometimes they have difficulties against African teams".
So, for example, in the same group with Brazil or Argentina could not be Colombia or Uruguay.
Group B - Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Iran. Whereas group C has France Australia, Peru and Denmark.
Then he wants a divorce after his team completes its Group D fixtures against Nigeria and old rival Croatia.
Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England make up the teams that will slug it out.
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