Earlier today, former captain of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh revealed that Gernot Rohr’s men must not give too much attention on Argentina captain, Lionel Messi when they clash in the final Group D match of the 2018 World Cup.
Rohr’s side will on Tuesday night play against the La Albiceleste at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The Eagles head into the game after defeating Iceland 2-0 in their second game, while the South Americans were humiliated 3-0 by Croatia.
But Oliseh has admitted that the three times African champions will beat Argentina if they don’t focus on marking out Messi.
“Nigeria’s campaign started in the second half against Iceland. People saw that Croatia was difficult. They must beat Argentina,” Oliseh said in an interview with Brila FM.
“I think we have a good coach, but we (Nigeria) can beat this this Argentina side. Their team (Argentina) of 2014 is better than this one. They have infighting in the team, so this is a time Nigeria have to win.
“We must be aware that this is the time Messi and others will want to play their best game. We have no choice but not give Lionel Messi any chance. But we can’t also give too much attention to Messi. He has other ‘generals’ but its looking good for us.”
Also in an interview with Brila FM, the USA ’94 World Cup star, said that he decided to name Musa Eagles’ captain when he was coaching Nigeria because the Leicester City star had nice sense of humour.
Oliseh, however, added that the 25-year-old was a very good player.
He said, “The best role that fits a player is the position the coach decides for him.
“Mikel was very good in front of the defense. Musa was great. He is a good player and has a nice sense of humour, that’s one of the reasons I made him captain of the team when I was the coach”.
Oliseh added, “I will love to see Belgium play Nigeria in the knockout stages of the World Cup. Let’s hope by Wednesday morning, we’ll be happy that we qualified for the round of 16”.
Musa will hope to lead the Eagles to victory when they face Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in their final Group D 2018 World Cup clash on Tuesday night.
The forward scored two goals against Iceland in their second game as the three times African champions won 2-0.