By JOHN EGBOKHAN
Coach Samson Siasia has said that the Super Eagles can beat Argentina when both teams clash in a high-profiled international friendly match on June 1 at the Abuja National Stadium, predicting that the game would turn out to be an epic encounter.
Both countries have played thrice at the senior level, with the Argentines running away with three victories, the last being at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where they beat the Eagles, then coached by Lars Lagerback, 1-0.
But since Nigeria effected changes in the team’s coaching crew, with Siasia, a former striker for the Eagles at the 1994 World Cup in the United States of America as the leader, things have been on the rise lately.
Speaking on the impending match-up with the Argentines, Siasia thanked Guinness for packaging such a great match for both teams, adding that past records would count for nothing on June 1.
“I can tell you the news of Guinness. The Match has really lifted our spirits and given a further boost to the team’s confidence. I thank Guinness for stepping in and making this happen for Nigeria. Fans should be grateful to Guinness for this opportunity. It is now down to us and the fans to make sure we show that we are a football nation worthy of respect and have the potential to succeed on the world’s football stage.
“We have played Argentina three times at senior national level in the past and they have been a formidable opponent. They are building for their future and from this game, we can benchmark the progress of our future heroes against that of their future heroes. But we are ready for the challenge and relish it”, added Siasia.
He promised not to disappoint Nigerian fans who would throng the Abuja National Stadium on June 1.
“I am well aware that if there is anything that makes Nigerians genuinely happy and love to be called Nigerians, it is the success of the Super Eagles. What makes Nigerians happy is what makes me happy.
I am therefore determined to make sure that it will be an epic encounter and that we would make Nigerians happy by making history and coming away with our first ever win against Argentina at senior national level.
“However, the part played by the fans will make the difference. I truly believe if we can stand together united, we can demonstrate our strength, power and potential to succeed on football’s world stage. I and my team know how we need to step up and show what we are made of and I ask all fans to challenge themselves to show what they are made of and play their part. Bring on the battle. I accept the challenge”, added Siasia.