The former Kano Pillars winger has revealed that the Eagles harbour no fear over their World Cup group stage meeting with Argentina.

Nigeria were drawn in Group D alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina and ahead of the meeting with the latter billed for June 26 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Ahmed Musa in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com said the Eagles are not petrified by the quality of the Albiceleste of Argentina and that of other countries that will be at the World Cup.

Musa scored a brace when the two sides (Nigeria and Argentina) in Brazil but a Lionel Messi’s brace and a goal from Marcus Rojo ensured the Albiceleste maintained their winning records over Nigeria – making it four wins in four meetings at the Mundial.


Musa celebrating his second goal against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup (Getty Image)

According to him, Eagles’ failure to book a place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations motivated the Eagles during the qualifying series and the team is well prepared to face any team at the World Cup.

“When we realised we weren’t going to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations (last year), we decided that we were going to fight for the people of Nigeria.

“It doesn’t matter who we come up against; we’ll be giving it our best shot at the World Cup.

“We’ll be trying our hardest in every match, no matter the opposition.”

He added, “We need to set our sights high. Nigeria want to do more than just get pass the group phase.

“We want to make the quarter-finals and even the semis. Why not.”

The winger who has been warned by Gernot Rohr to look for a new club to be in a good position to make the World Cup squad has been reported to have agreed a temporary deal to leave Leicester City to join former club CSKA Moscow till the end of the season.

Musa spent four seasons with CSKA Moscow – scoring 53 goals in 169 appearances for the Russian based club.


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He expressed hopes of making his second appearance at the World Cup – describing the World as a very important event.

“I hope I get selected. The World Cup is a vey important event for any player,” he concluded.

 

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Javier Mascherano has revealed that Argentina 4-2 lost to Nigeria yesterday at the Krasnodar stadium was as a result of the Albiceleste inability to curtail the Super Eagles’ physical strength.

Two first goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero put the Sampaoli’s men ahead but a wonderful free-kick by Kelechi Iheanacho on the stroke of half-time reduced the deficit for a Nigerian side that later ran riot on the Argentines in the second half.

A brace from Alex Iwobi, and a goal from debutant, Brian Idowu in the second ensured the Eagles recorded their second victory against the Albiceleste.

 

With many attributing the reason for the Argentine’s lost yesterday to the absence of captain, Lionel Messi who was excused for the match, stand-in captain, Mascherano on his side, believes they paid dearly for undermining the strength of the Gernot Rohr boys.

Mascherano said: “playing against a team of such physical strength you pay the price. They walked all over us, and we tried to get back but we couldn’t.

Meanwhile, Gernot Rohr has dismissed talks that Super Eagles should be counted amongst favorites for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

 

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The Franco-German said the team will remain as they still have more wore works to do.

“It’s a good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favorites to win the World Cup, Rohr said.

“We stay humble and realize we have more work to do. We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.”

The game against Argentina yesterday was Rohr’s 12th game in charge of the Super Eagles. The former Burkina Faso manager has seven wins, four draws and one loss to his name since he took over the 2013 African Champions' job 

 

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