If elections were to be held this week, surely the Super Eagle’s Ahmed Musa will win hands down. His two goals have set him apart from other players who have rallied on the pitch in their green, white green, making him the first Nigerian to have scored in two FIFA World Cups. Well to me, I have still not gotten over his first goal.
The Super Eagles needed a miracle in their second group stage match after the shattering loss against Croatia and the boys fulfilled the high expectations. Putting a smile on the faces of Nigerians and Africans at large after the Senegals victory over Poland made many Africans around the world happy.
My question in the build-up to the match (Nigeria vs. Iceland) was, how are we going to “rethink,” the Super Eagles? My best bet was placed on Mikel Obi, the team captain. He was the invisible force in the midfield after Gernot Rohr placed him in his natural position, in front of the defensive line for the second game.
But the man of the game is undoubted, Ahmed Musa. With his second goal being a beautiful display of wits and guts. Taking on and melting Iceland’s defense – a spectacular individual performance!
As the Super Eagles match on to their third (Nigeria vs. Argentina) and decisive match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the nation’s hope rest on the shoulders of the boys. As we have never won against La Albiceleste at the World Cup level and they also need a win at all cost!
Below is Super Eagle’s performance in previous World Cups from group stages to the round of 16 ( W – win, L- lose, D – draw):
USA 1994 – W L W L
France 1998 – W W L L
Korea/Japan 2002 – L L D
South Africa 2010 – L L D
Brazil 2014 – D W L L
Russia 2018 L W?
So we find ourselves fighting an “old enemy” or can I say an all-time World Cup rival with the odds always going against us :
USA 1994 – Argentina 2, Nigeria 1
Korea/Japan 2002 – Argentina 1, Nigeria 0
South Africa 2010 – Argentina 1, Nigeria 0
Brazil 2014 – Argentina 3, Nigeria 2
Russia 2018 – Argentina? , Nigeria?
It is high time we rethink this rivalry and believe in our boys.
Will Lionel Messi finally get his “game form” back on?
Is there a plan on caging him?
Will Musa and his teammates raise up against the odds and once again put a smile on the faces of millions of Nigerians home and abroad?
Nigeria vs. Argentina time is 7:00 PM Tuesday, the match will be played Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg.
Up Super Eagles!