Maradona is confident that Argentina will make it through to the last sixteen of the 2018 World Cup after the two-time world champions were pitted against Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D.
The Super Eagles face off with the South Americans at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018 in both countries final group game.
Nigeria have lost by the odd goal in each of their five group matches with Argentina at the World Cup, including a 3-2 loss to a team inspired by Lionel Messi in Brazil 2014.
‘’It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams. Argentina have to step up their game. The first game will be very important,’’ said Maradona during the draw in Moscow on Friday afternoon.
Nigeria qualified for the second round of the World Cup in 1994, 1998, and 2014, and were knocked out in the group stage in 2002 and 2010.
CAF grants NFF N180m support for World Cup campaign
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF will get $500,000 (about N180m) as support fund for the Super Eagles’ campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
CAF announced on Friday that an ad hoc committee chaired by 1st Vice President recommended financial incentives to all five representatives from the continent to next summer’s world cup.
The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia.
“At the meeting, it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams.
“The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.”
“In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “fieldwiz” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players,” CAF explained.