Some fans in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, say they are optimistic about Super Eagles having a good run against Argentina in their last group match.
The fans, who expressed the hope in interviews with in the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, that the match on Tuesdaywould be the greatest test for the both national teams..
NAN reports that the Super Eagles defeated the Strakkamir of Iceland with Ahmed Musa’s brace on June 22 placing them ahead of Argentina with a point.
A cross-section of the local fans, however, said their darling Eagles would outshine Lionel Messi and his teammates to qualify for the round of 16 from Group D.
They said the Eagles though had a clumsy start in their first game against Croatia but came into the World Cup party with a superlative display against Iceland.
A civil servant, Chris Abah, said the team was on the verge of disappointing their critics with a victory against the Argentines.
He said the Argentines were Eagles’ familiar foes, adding that their 4-2 loss to the Gernot Rohr tutor-ed players in a pre-world cup friendly still resonated in the opponents’ head.
“I want to thank the players for bringing smiles on the faces of Nigerians so far.
“However, I want to encourage them to carry on with the hard work and commitment until the battle is won’’, he said.
Daniel Yaro, a staff of the Gwagwalada Area Council, said Captain Mike Obi and the rest members of the squad looked good to claim the desired point to qualify them to the round of 16.
“I have the hope that Super Eagles will win Argentina tomorrow (Tuesday) and hopefully qualify to the next stage.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the Super Eagles will not only do better against Argentina but will also go beyond expectations at the World Cup’’, Yaro said.
Similarly, Zainab Ishaku, another civil servant, expressed delight with the commitment of the team so far, adding that the players could no longer be described as pretenders but contenders.
“I commend the players and officials of the Super Eagles for their team spirit, unity of purpose and outstanding performance in the last game with Iceland.
“This victory is sweet and soothing to millions of football loving Nigerians but this should be consummated with a victory over Argentina.
“Our continued support, love and prayers both at home and abroad can also help them to do the magic’’, she said.
Joseph Dogara, a staff of Kuje Area Council, urged the players be fearless, adding that they must sustain the momentum shown against the Icelanders in order to breakdown their next opponents.
Dogara said the Eagles would win Tuesday’s match if they applied the right attitude.
He said the team’s blend of African strength, strong mental capacity and display of tactical knowledge of the game would see them through.
Dogara said Argentina’s defeat would remain memorable just as that feat would have rescued the country from early elimination from Russia.
On his part, John Zhinayi, also a civil servant said it was now visible that the players had the burning desire to win the game, adding, however, that they must approach the game with caution.
NAN reports that Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey, alongside two other of his compatriots has been picked to preside over the match billed to go down at St Petersburg.