Keshi has Eagles ready for Messi
Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi is not worried about the prospect of masterminding an upset over Argentina at the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will face the Albiceleste on June 25 at the Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre in a Group F game.
Argentina will expectedly be relying on the brilliance of FC Barcelona’s superstar, Lionel Messi to strike a dagger into Nigerian hearts but Keshi is relishing the prospect of stopping the little magician in his tracks.
“Messi is probably the best footballer in the world but we cannot lose sleep about him because there will be 10 others on the pitch that day,” Keshi told supersport.com.
Nigeria will be meeting Argentina for the fourth time in the World Cup group stages following earlier encounters in 1994, 2002 and 2010.
The Super Eagles lost all three previous encounters against the South Americans and Keshi is keen to end the trend.
“I didn’t feel bad about the fact that we will play against Argentina in the group stages because even if we didn’t draw them, we would have met teams like, Spain, Germany, Brazil or England.
“We have been drawn against Argentina. There’s nothing we can do about that. We just have to get ourselves ready,” he said.
Nigeria will open its World Cup campaign against Iran at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba on June 16.
Five days later, the African champions will take on Bosnia-Herzegovina in their second game at the Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá befre rounding off their preliminary campain against the two-time World champions, Argentina.