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Idowu: Messi’s Argentina Tough, But Eagles Can Handle Croatia, Iceland; Mikel, Ndidi Important

Idowu: Messi’s Argentina Tough, But Eagles Can Handle Croatia, Iceland; Mikel, Ndidi Important

By Adeboye Amosu: Super Eagles defender Brian Idowu reckoned the team is in a tough Russia 2018 World Cup group but backs the three-time African champions to scale through the first round hurdle, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Gernot Rohr’s men have been placed in Group D along with two-time world champions Argentina, France ’98 semi-finalists Croatia and debutants Iceland for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Idowu, who made his debut for Nigeria in the 4-2 international friendly win against Argentina in November, stated that it will be difficult to beat the Albiceleste again especially with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in the squad.
“We got a hard group. Argentina are the top team in the group and they have Lionel Messi who is difficult to play against. He is probably from another planet,” Idowu who plays for Russian club Amkar Perm told m.sovsport.ru.
“But we can beat Croatia and Iceland. It is a powerful group but we can qualify to the next stage.”
The left-back also mentioned the three players he believes will be the  key men for the Super Eagles in Russia.
“Obi Mikel is the leader. He won everything with Chelsea and there is also Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi with Leicester City.”
The Super Eagles will open their campaign at the Mundial against Croatia on June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
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  • Imangen Gabriel V. 4 years ago

    super eagles were very closed beating Agentina with their messi in our last world cup match.we did this without indidi,Idohu,kelechi etc..with this quality players,we can either win or hold them to a draw.

  • vincent Onuigwe 4 years ago

    @ Idowu , Please do not take messi like God , anything can happen ,between Nigeria and Argentina final match With Messi or without messi we will over Agentina , Remember Messi is not going to defend je is to score as while our starkers will also score . DO NOT LOOK THAN ON YOURSELF BY SAYING MESSI IS FROM ANOTHER PLANET ,Remember they strongly to qualify.

    May God help us Nigeria to over them all Amen

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 4 years ago

    With Uzoho in goal, Messi is just like any player on the field. Aguero is more dangerous right now then Messi. Yes !!!, we can do it, folks. Lets go.!!!!!

    • OLISAEKEZIE 4 years ago


      • Ènyeama was actually younger than Uzoho when he played for Nigeria in a WC match.

  • emmanuel 4 years ago

    I believe that super eagles has all they need for the world cup,with Rhor as coch eveyting is ok

  • Handle Iceland and Croatia? Have you watched or seen these two teams play? These two teams can comfortably beat Argentina. To be honest with you Nigeria is the weakest team in that’s group.

    • I think it is time for Complete Sports Nigeria to apply more stringent security measures to shut off characters like this. This guy – obviously a non-Igbo like myself – should be ashamed of his mother.

  • We made a mistake rushing to play Argentina before the draws, it will be difficult to beat them again

    • Except you believe Nigeria knew who they will meet at the world cup… How can you say it is a mistake…it was just a high profile friendly….drawing them again seems to be destiny at work

  • ALFREDINHO 4 years ago

    With the assembly of quality players I believe Super Eagles will go far in Russia . I watched the match between Las Palmas and Barcelona .Though Messi scored a free-kick but he was not allowed to play his free flowing football by the Las Palmas players .If our players( Super Eagles) can watch the videos of Lionel Messi and study his style of play,pattern of free-kick and penalty taking then the Super Eagles can curtail him to some extent . The same for Kun Aguero of Manchester City .Though he did not score against Arsenal but he made some killer passes that splits the Arsenal defence into fragments which led to some of the 3 goals conceded by Arsenal .The Super Eagles should watch out for those key players and try to reduce their potency .Goodluck to Nigeria and Super Eagles .

  • Hope Odianosen 4 years ago

    Argentina is beatable, Rohr, pls, drop Echiejele & Mikel Agu, those guys are no quality 4 d Eagles, My Dream Team-(Defence,,,,,,Aina & Idowu 4 LB while Shehu & Ebuehi 4 RB, & Balogun, Ekong, Hoffeheim Kelvin, & Omeruo or Awazim 4 CB),,,,,,,(Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo, Joel Obi, Onazi & Ogu 4 MF),,,,, (Ighalo, Moses, Iwobi, S-Moses, Musa, Iheanacho & Ciriel Dessers as FW),, Onyekuru is out injured while (Dennis of Clubrugge,,,Ideye & Kalu of Gent on stand-by. Good luck to Eagles in Russia.

    • Abubakar 4 years ago

      I like your selection. We have the players to beat any team only if they can train hard, blend and take chance when it comes their way.
      Rohr as to work on the goal keeping department with a good substitute if we want to surpasses first round.
      Super Eagles go and roar to shake the world in Russia.
      Good luck Nigeria.

  • Thomas 4 years ago

    Idowu what is so special about Missi and be confident of yourself. He does not come down from others planet, moreover Missi is a complete human being not a spirit

  • Geraldgallas 4 years ago

    We give them all a great bang