ITS NIGERIA VS ARGENTINA ..AGAIN! WORD CUP DRAW SEES SUPER EAGLES IN GROUP D
So for the 5th Time in our 6 world cup appearances, the fixture NIGERIA Vs ARGENTINA will feature at a world up Finals. Its almost a given now as i even tweeted 1 hour before the draws that the Organizers save time and just pick the two other Nations who will Join Nigeria and Argentina in a group.
The Glamorous Draws were held in Moscow , all 32 teams are now fully aware of whom they will be playing. Hosts Russia expectedly were placed in Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.
In group B we have , Probably a 2 horse race between Former World Champions Spain and Current European champions Portugal. The other two in the Group Iran and Morrocco will have to come up with something near Super human to overcome those two heavy weights.
In group C We have Australia, Denmark, France and Peru. The French are overwhelming favorites to progress not with their array of Worldclass talents like Pogba, Greizmann, Mbappe, Konman, Giroud, Martial, etc they should prove too strong for the rest. Qualifying alongside them will be a straight fight between Australia and Denmark. Peru who will come with a lot of heart and Flair will fancy their chances if any of Australia or Denmark are not untop of their game.
Now we come to the group with the most interest back home, Group D housing Nigeria, Iceland ,Argentina, and Croatia. The Super eagles must have a spiritual link with the Argies at World cups or something. How do you explain our being placed in the same group with them for 4 out of 5 times. Now 5 out of 6? . Its unbelievable, both countries must be sick of each other by now. In just last Month both teams played a friendly in Russia where the super eagles ran out comprehensive winners in a 4-2 win. As impressive as that was, we won’t be favorites to beat them at the World cup, but you might say we will not go into that game with any fear. The other two teams are very tricky customers. Iceland who were the darlings of the world at The Euros knocking England out and generally giving a good account of themselves will not be easy. Then there’s Croatia who were coincidentally in the same group as Iceland in the qualifiers add another tricky edge to this group of death.
The Croatian coach speaking at the draw said the SUPER EAGLES were one team he did not want to draw. Because of their Unpredictability. One minute they look ordinary ,next thing they have turned spectacular.He said such teams are difficult to play against. It promises to be a cracking group this one. Gernot Rohr said the first game is crucial to our Fate and will gear up his boys to win that game and Make Nigerians happy.
Group E We have Brazil ,Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. There is no other direction to look other than Brazil as group winners and Switzerland as runners up. Serbia have some competent players but its likely they will fall short. Costa rica will be the whipping Boys , but they pulled of a shock in 2014 when they came out of a tough group featuring Italy so , they must not be ruled out totally.
Group F Consists of reigning world champions Germany , Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. The maanshaft are ever consistent in this tournament, hardly ever not seen in the later stages of the cup. They won the FIFA confed cup in June with a string of 2nd teamers and that for me shows a strength in depth. They are disciplined and don’t mess about in games. Surely they will Top while Mexico and Sweden battle for scraps.
Group G sees England ,Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The big boys here are Belgium and England and are expected to have far too much firepower for the other two minnows. But who will top the group is the question? as Brazil and Germany Lurk in the Quarterfinals for the runner-up. Tunisia are the highest ranked African side and Panama are debutantes who defeated Costa rica in the qualifiers and are one of the reasons the USA are not in this edition. It will be a harsh learning curve but still upsets can always happen.
The Final group is Group H, with Colombia, Senegal, Japan, and Poland. Its probably the most Open group of the entire crop. All countries are capable of beating each other. But the firepower of Colombia and Poland may prove too good for the others. Senegal though have some considerable Attacking threats like Sadio Mane, Chekou Kouyate etc and can ruffle the feathers of anyone on their day. Japan look the weakest team but they play as a team and can be dangerous if underated.
So there goes the draws and upon which preparations can start. Nigeria has a rather competitive group and stand a good chance of progressing if we get the right crop of players prepared well enough. So over to you NFF