FRANCE VS NIGERIA – You Don’t Mess With Super Eagles!

Post-Match Review – Nigeria Vs Argentina
 Argentina national team manager, Alejandro Sabella exclaimed at the post match interview: “You don’t mess with this Nigerian team!” Perhaps, Super Eagles gave him a scare of his life as Sabella was on his toes all through the match that saw Argentina defeat Nigeria by 3 – 2.

Musa Replied Messi Twice
 In the pre-match analysis on this blog, I warned that if you don’t have the heart don’t watch the game between Nigeria Vs Argentina. Indeed, as I predicted, the match was a spectacle of attack and counter attack. Perhaps, the scariest match ever played so far in this world cup.

Although, Argentina coming into the match had already qualified for the round of 16 and Nigeria only needed a draw or have Bosnia draw with Iran to qualify. Gush! You would have thought it was the world cup finals.

Perhaps, Lionel Messi , Argentine captain wanted to make a goal statement. Argentine fans have already put up a banner “It is Messi’s World Cup!” So he is ready to show that he is still the best.

But anytime Messi scored in the match, Nigeria’s speed racer, Ahmed Musa, replied back with some spectacular strikes. Both players scored two goals apiece for their respective teams. But Rojo was to decide the game off a goal mount scramble. Indeed, it could have been anybody’s game. Argentina only got lucky to win this one.

Nigeria on the High to Win
Many analysts said both Nigeria and Argentina played to avoid the vicious attacking power France has shown in the world cup so far. But I say, France players may have pee on their pants after they saw that match between Nigeria and Argentina. That was a glimpse of what the Nigerian team can rise up to do.

Former Super Eagles technical Adviser, Clemence Westerhof went on to say: “When a Nigeria team gains confidence and are highly motivated, then no team on earth can stop them anymore. Watch out, we may just have a new world champions from Africa.”

The match against Argentina has given Nigerian team more confidence to believe in themselves. Now, they are more ready to go all the way to win the world cup.

Pre-Match Analysis – France Vs Nigeria
Castrol Footkhana ranked France as the best attacking team so far in 2014 world cup. The French side made 62 attempts on goal. It scored 7 goals, 13 shots blocked, 19 shot saved and 23 attempt off-targets. Castrol also ranked the French striker, Benzema , as the best player so far with 9.77points.

France is the fastest attacking side that could disparate any defense line at will. However, they may also be watching their back against a team like Nigeria, since this is a knock out stage.

I believe, Didier Deschamps men would want to approach the round of 16-match against Nigeria with lots of caution. But they also know their attackers would have to do more to beat OS Lille and Nigerian goal keeper, Vincent Enyeama, who coincidentally was also named the best goalkeeper of the world cup so far with 9.59 points.

I think Nigerian team would be more adventurous on the attack, to see if it could get an early goal and perhaps, score one or two more to seal the game. If that happens, then the French team is in for a big show down!

France Vs Nigeria
Venue: Estadio Nacional Basilia 56,000 capacity
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Time:  17.00 GMT+, 5pm

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