Nigeria vs Argentina: Odegbami reveals advantage Super Eagles have over Messi-led team
Ex-Nigeria international, Segun Odegbami says the Super Eagles have a psychological edge over Argentina, ahead of their make-or-mar Group D clash on Tuesday.
Odegbami stated this after spending a day with Gernot Rohr and his team, following their 2-0 win over Iceland in their second group game.
The victory boosted their chance of qualifying for the next round, as they only need to avoid defeat against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina.
Odegbami wrote from Russia in a WhatsApp post on Saturday: “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 Tuesday when we shall go through, once again, all the emotional, physical and psychological trauma of last Friday.
“Again, there will be the usual skyhigh expectations, infectious enthusiasm, pressure-cooker tension and unbridled passion.
“Fortunately, Argentinà are not the same powerful team that they were four years ago. Messi is also getting 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.”