One of Africa’s great football players, Segun Odegbami, has asserted that Lionel Messi realises he cannot lift Argentina all alone and La Albiceleste are a far cry from their team of the last World Cup.
Odegbami writes from Russia where he currently is for the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria meets Argentina in a make or mar clash in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, and ‘Mathematical’, as Odegbami is fondly called feels the Super Eagles can fear less going into the encounter.
“It is already the morning after. Things have changed around here. There is a fresh feeling of confidence, and Nigerians are walking around with a swagger. That’s what winning does.
“But all of that will only sustain until next week Tuesday when we shall go through, once again, all the emotional, physical and psychological trauma of last Friday.
“Again, there will be the usual sky-high expectations, infectious enthusiasm, pressure-cooker tension and unbridled passion.
“Fortunately, Argentina are not the same powerful team that they were 4 years ago. Messi is also blunted by age and the noticeable depression of realising that his one tree can still not make a forest. On top of that, we have defeated Argentina only a short while ago, and that puts them on a psychological edge going into this next do-or-die encounter.
“It is a match that only Nigeria can lose themselves, because right now, Argentina have been tenderised by the last two matches they played and are waiting to be devoured by any serious effort,” the one time FIFA Presidential hopeful states on Sports Village Square.
Earlier, Odegbami stumbled upon England and Manchester United star, Marcus Rashford in the street of Saint Petersburg.
England players had a free day and Rashford was spending the period discovering the Russian city just as Odegbami is doing.
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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