Match Against Argentina Is Nigeria’s World Cup Final – Odegbami

wary of the challenge of neutralising the greatest player in the history of football, Lionel Messi

Nigeria team photo (CREDIT: Daily Post)


Nigeria soccer icon, Segun Odegbami has described Nigeria’s clash with Argentina in their last group game today as the ‘Third World War’.

The Super Eagles meet ‘wounded’ La Albicelestes in a make-or-mar match in Saint Petersburg tonight. The two teams need a win to advance, albeit Nigeria could go through with a draw, provided Iceland don’t win against Croatia.

Odegbami feels the match to the Super Eagles, is a ‘final’.

‘Mathematical’ writes from Russia where he currently is for the mundial.

Odegbami motivates Super Eagles CREDIT:

Nigeria Vs Argentina: ‘Third World War’

“There are 8 hours to the start of the ‘Third World War’. I am alone in my room in Park Inn Hotel, St. Petersburg, the city where the ‘war’ with Argentina will take place this evening. I am praying. I cant see the Super eagles again because i think they deserve to be on their own, focussed on the work they have to do tonight.”

Argentina’s Kun Aguero is tackled by Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and Chidozie Awaziem in a Friendly in November last year (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Match could be most challenging match in entire history of Nigeria’

“For me, this may be the most challenging match in our entire history because Nigerian’s expect (and justifiably too) that their beloved Super Eagles, their most visible and potent global ambassadors, will do the seemingly ‘impossible’. They are expected to defy all odds, break a jinx of 4 previous consecutive defeats at the World Cup, neutralise the greatest player in the history of football for 90 minutes, silence the 30,000 die-hard supporters following the Argentine team, plus an additional, overwhelmingly anti-black audience that dominate a Cup that is surely not designed so that a Black African team will win, and defeat a pre-championship favourite, Argentina, tonight. That is the mountain our team of young, hardworking and patriotic Super Eagles is expected to climb and conquer successfully today.

“The odds are stacked against the Eagles. It is mostly Nigerians that believe that their team will win tonight. Thats the big advantage thè Nigerian players have – unlike the Argentines there is no pressure-cooker tension in their camp. Unlike the argentines there will be no global humilliation even in defeat.”

‘Eagles ready for fight of their lives!’

“When I left the team yesterday my spirit was lifted by their attitude and composure, a steeliness in their eyes reflecting determination and confidence, and an uncommon calmness of a singlemindedness to put up the fight of their lives, and to do-or-die in the process. I challenged Mikel Obi, captain of the Nigerian ‘army’ tonight, to use this match to make a statement to all Nigerians, reminding us all about who we are in the world, where we are coming from and our responsibility to all black persons on earth. That even When the odds are stacked against us, when we come together in a team, driven by the natural Nigerian spirit in our DNA, when we direct our energies positively, we can conquer the world.

“Unfortunately for the Argentines they are our cannon fodder tonight. I read somewhere that they have never had a Black player in their national team, ever! Well, that speaks louder than words why that is so.”

‘Road to becoming the greatest Black country on earth starts tonight!’

“Indeed, that’s why to me today’s match is Nigeria’s World Cup final. We must beat Argentina. After that I can go home. It will not matter too much again what happens there after….these Eagles would have stamped their names and place forever in the annals of the World Cup. These ‘ordinary’ Nigerians with an extra-ordinary motivation to demonstrate Nigeria’s capacity to be great in the world, even beyond football, would become, at a time such as this in our political history, the model of genuine heroes the country needs to lead Nigeria out of the present Golgotha. The road to becoming the greatest Black country in the world can start tonight with the Super Eagles. Mark my words. Let us pray foŕ them,” the 65 year old submits on Sports Village Square.

Nigeria and Argentina have met in eight matches, including four games at FIFA World Cup group stages, in 1994 , 2002, 2010 and 2014, all won by Argentina.

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