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Nigeria Paired With Argentina In World Cup Group Stage

02 December 2017, 01:08 | Nina Mathis

Nigeria Paired With Argentina In World Cup Group Stage

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

"Our wins against Argentina were in friendly matches and I will expect us to get maximum points against Croatia and Iceland, so the Argentina game will not be that crucial for us to come out of this tough group", said the 1997 African Footballer of the Year.

"I believe this because if they look at our past records, especially our qualification to the World Cup not losing any game and our last friendly win over Argentina".

However, the opposition in Russian Federation will be considerably tougher as both Croatia and Iceland performed reasonably well in their qualifying games. They will enjoy Russian Federation, " said the coach, who is a qualified dentist.

"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16". Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting.

On his part, Obinna Nwafor, a civil servant, said: "Our group seems to be a tough but fair one". Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands while Portugal were routed 4-0 by eventual champions Germany. "We aim to progress from the group". But, it is an exciting one.

"I believe we have the quality to go through".

"This is an incredibly hard group", he said.

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"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".

Lionel Messi and company laboured till the final day of the South American qualifiers to book their flight to Russian Federation 2018.

"Wow - what a draw!"

Completesportsnigeria.com brings you excerpts from the Kremlin Palace in here Moscow on Friday at the venue of the World Cup draw... "Group D will be a great challenge, but #Croatia has to believe".

Familiar foes aside, they will face new opposition in Croatia and Iceland, with their opening game being a first meeting against the Croats.

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