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5 reasons why Super Eagles will qualify from their group

The Super Eagles have been given Lionel Messi's Argentine team for the umpteenth time, this will be the third consecutive time Nigeria will be in the same group with the South Americans.

The other two teams in Nigeria's group are debutants Iceland and European side Croatia.

We take a look at five reasons why Nigeria should progress from the group.

1.We are facing a familiar foe in Argentina

Nigeria and Argentina were grouped together in South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 and as a matter of fact Nigeria have only avoided the South Americans once in their last five world cups and that was in France 98.

Super Eagles face Argentina for the third time consecutively at a World Cup. Source: Goal.com

The Super Eagles defeated Sampoli's men in a friendly match in Kransdor Russia 4-2 and Rohr's men can draw inspiration from that game when they come up against Argentina at the World Cup.

2.Hunger and the desire of a young Super Eagles squad

Motivation can be defined as the drive that pushes a group of people or individual to attain a particular goal or stated objectives. In this case most of the current Super Eagles players are young and have not played at the biggest stage of football which is the World Cup and to most of them it is that driving force that makes them want to “die on the pitch”.

We must recall that in 1998 Jay Jay Okocha oozed quality and that earned him a big money move to French side Paris Saint Germain.

3. Nigeria is the second most experience team in the group

Besides Argentina, the Super Eagles have more World Cup experience than Iceland and Croatia. Our experienced players like John Mikel Obi can help galvanise the young Nigerian troops.

4. Gernot Rohr's technical know-how

The German tactician has shown since his arrival that he is a tactical genius, and he proved it throughout the World Cup qualifiers for the Eagles and also in the frendly match against a strong Argentine team.

If the German can show the astute tactical depth we have seen since his arrival, Nigeria will have a very good chance of qualifying.

5.We do not play Argentina until the last game

Our first two games are our easiest games on paper. If we can record good results against Iceland and Croatia, we might have a chance in the last game against Argentina.

The Lionel Messi led side could possibly have qualified before facing the Super Eagles and Sampoli might look to jig his team a bit by resting some of the starters.

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