Iceland eyes 'romantic' World Cup debut against Messi

Posted December 02, 2017

The draw which will be held at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow will see the possibility of the Super Eagles being drawn against any of the World best teams.

"What we have to do is to prepare well especially for our first game against Croatia with good friendlies, maybe against Serbia because its not easy to play this team", Gernot Rohr told the NFF.

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia".

Speaking with the NationSports on Wednesday, the coach of the Super eagles, Rohr believes that Nigeria is ready to face any teams in Russian Federation.

The Super Eagles have been drawn for a fifth time with Argentina at the World Cup.

Argentina were beaten finalists when Germany triumphed at Brazil 2014, but they needed heroics from Messi, who scored a hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador, to get to the finals this time around.

They boast several top-class players like captain Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Parisic and Mario Mandzukic under the guidance of coach Zlatko Dalic.

Also involved in the Final Draw were Fabio Cannavaro (Italy's 2006 winning captain), Diego Forlan of Uruguay (winners in 1930 and 1950) and Diego Maradona (who led Argentina to victory in 1986, after they won at home in 1978). Croatia will be the most important game because they have technical quality and play very good football. We have the youngest team of the 32 teams here.

The last game of the group will be against two-time World champions Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium on June 26. Whereas group C has France Australia, Peru and Denmark.

After the Albiceleste were placed in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

The fourt was at SOUTH AFRICA 2010 were the eagles also (LOST 1-0) before losing again at BRAZIL 2014 by (LOST 3-2) in a goal thriller match. In each of the four groups were eight national teams, and unlike in the previous world championships, the groups were not created according to the geographic key.

Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.