Super Eagles Media Officer, IdahÂ Peterside says that the players are set for the opening clash against their perennial rivals, the two times World champions, Argentina at the Ellis Park Stadium today.
Idah said that the players were responding to training and as well adapting to the new style the technical adviser, Lars Lagerback will use in checkmating the Argentines in the most crucial first match of the Eagles in Group B.
The former Super Eagles goalkeeper expressed happiness with the friendly so far played, adding that the teamÂ has brought hope, signifying their readiness of excelling beyond the first round of the tournament. He pointed out that all hands are on deck to ensure victory against Argentina.
â€œI am delighted to inform you that the players are responding to the new tactics Lagerbackâ€™s is going to apply to checkmate the Albacetes. No stone will be left unturned against Maradonaâ€™s boys, you are going to see a new Eagles entirely and I tell you there is going to be a big surprise. We fear no foe.
â€œThis is not the first time we are meeting Argentina. The first time we met them at the 1994 World Cup in the USA despite being our first time, we gave them a tough time. In 1995 we played a goalless draw during the Confederationâ€™s Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Also at the Atlanta â€˜96 Olympic Games football final, Beijing Olympic Games football final in 2008 and not toÂ talk of FIFA Under- 20 and U-17 World Cups. We know each other and despite being written offÂ by Nigerians, many people are going to be shocked at the end of the match.
We are focused and we are not going be distracted. Our aim is to go beyond the first round and go all out and win the cup. The countries that have won it are not so special than Nigeria. For that to be accomplished, we need your prayers and support,â€ he appealed.