BY JOHN EGBOKHAN
Coach, Samson Siasia has said that his Nigerian troops are not going to be battle-shy when they confront Argentina in a high-profiled international friendly match on June 1 at the Abuja National
Argentina parading the likes of back-to-back FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano are gearing up for another match-up with the Nigerians, this time on Nigerian soil and they hold an impressive three wins out of three matches so far played between the two countries.
The last time both sides played was at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with the Argentines running out with a slim 1-0 win over the Nigerians, then coached by Swede Lars Lagerback. Ironically, the first time that the Eagles lost to Argentina was at the 1994 World Cup in the United States of America, The game ended 2-1 with Siasia scoring for Nigeria, few minutes into the match, only for Diego Maradona to inspire the South America giants to a launch a comeback that saw them scoring two goals.
Speaking on the looming date with the Argentines, Siasia said that his players were eagerly awaiting it with baited breath, noting that it was a good thing for Guinness to package such a great match for both teams.
“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. The camp is buzzing!
“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 Guinness The Match on home soil on June 1 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, as Guinness has called out, 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.