Argentina Chose To Play Nigeria Because We Have Become Stronger-Mikel

Argentina Chose To Play Nigeria Because We Have Become Stronger-Mikel

"I feel blessed you know, but firstly, I want to say a big thank you to God Almighty for the game and the goal".

"On the face value, it is a friendly match because there is no trophy on the table for the victor to take home", he said.

The 30-year-old played in his national team's 1-0 win over Russian Federation on Saturday afternoon, but will miss their next friendly against Nigeria because Jorge Sampaoli wants to rest him.

"Most importantly, we played has a team and fought as a team".

Defender Brian Idowu, who was born in Russia and plays there for Amkar Perm, told the Nigerian Football Federation's official website as he joined up with the rest of the squad after they arrived in Krasnodar: "I believe this team will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the World Cup next year". It is better we play a quality match like this, regardless of the result than to play and win a weak team, deceiving ourselves that we have a good team.

Nigeria's former global, Garba Lawal has opined that the absence of Lionel Messi in the worldwide friendly between Nigeria and the Argentine national team in Russian Federation on Tuesday will give the Super Eagles psychological advantage.

It appears he is simply being rested, with the 30-year-old Barca forward speaking after Saturday's win about the amount of games he has to play and trying to arrive at next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation "in the best fashion possible".

"Whether we lose or not, it doesn't matter because it's a friendly game but it's important we get the positives for our World Cup preparations", he continued.

"Uzoho is a good goalkeeper, and he is young".

"He was with us at the 2013 U17 World Cup in Dubai".

Lawal, who expressed the confidence in a telephone chat with Daily Sunsports at the weekend warned the Gernot Rohr-tutored side to be wary of other Argentine stars that would be on parade during the friendly encounter.



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