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Eagles Draw Argentina, Croatia, Iceland in Russian 2018 World Cup

Eagles Draw Argentina, Croatia, Iceland in Russian 2018 World Cup

Nigerians confidence is on the high that the Super Eagles will make Africa proud after the Friday FIFA world Cup draw.

He said: "Our first game will be against Croatia". This game will be more hard than the friendly game we won, Messi will be available now.

Sampaoli said: "These are rivals that are coming with few obligations and a lot of enthusiasm for a unique opportunity as the World Cup is".

Unfortunately, Nigeria has lost all her previous games against Argentina the other teams in Group D with Nigeria are Iceland and Croatia.

The competition, set for Russian Federation, has tossed up some spicy placements, with Portugal and Spain poised to face off in their first match, while England and Belgium will square up in their last.

The last time Argentina failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup was in 2002, when they were also grouped with Nigeria.

World Cup draw E-H
World Cup draw E-H

Seyi Dada-Martins, a multimedia consultant, also said: "It is a very dicey group we have been drawn into, but I'm confident in the abilities of the set of players we have to scale through the group stage".

"I believe we have the quality to go through".

And despite being drawn against three teams who have never won the World Cup, Sampaoli, who replaced sacked Edgardo Bauza in May, anticipates a challenging campaign for his side. Their fans will be there and it will be like they're playing at home. At the tournament in Brazil, the Super Eagles qualified as the second best from the Group which included Bosnia, and Iran after nicking a one-goal win over the former and playing out a goalless draw with the latter.

Nigeria have shown much promise since making their World Cup debut at the 1994 competition in the United States. Iceland is a good team, they are strong and they have the best fans in Europe.

"I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round", he said. "We aim to progress from the group".

Nigeria will take on Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad, before facing Iceland on June 22 in Volgograd and Argentina on June 26 in St. Petersburg.