As Nigeria get set to lock horns with Argentina in her opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup today in Johannesburg, South Africa, former Super Eagles player Benedict Iroha has warned that it is notÂ going to beÂ a easy outingÂ for both teams.
Iroha, a member of the USAâ€™94 squad who sees both teams as the strongest in their group, said predicting the winner of the match would be very difficult especially as there is no easy team again.
â€œItÂ is notÂ going to be easyÂ especially with the fact that it involves two strong countries. All the Eagles should do is to take every match serious.
There is no easy team anymore, Argentina is strong, the Koreans and Greeks are equally strong. But like I said, I donâ€™t under estimate what NigeriaÂ can do. We knowÂ we have good players but the only thing is that they did not play together enough but we should not under estimate them,â€ he said
â€œThoughÂ preparation was not truly the best but I know that some thingÂ good will come out and they will surprise the world. The game againstÂ Saudi Arabia was not impressive enough but against Columbia, it just showed how far we could go in the World Cup.
This country is so blessed with a rich pool of talents and I believe they can do exploits, especially with the inclusion of someÂ youngsters.Â I must confess Lagerback did a good job,â€ he said.
He however, urged the team to be moreÂ serious with theirÂ games as he believes anything done in the group will tell how far the team can go.
â€œFirst game is very crucial, if we lose the game, it may affect us. They have to do everythingÂ possible to get something out of it,â€ he advised.