Nigeria to meet Argentina for 5th time at group stage

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

At the event, Nigeria were drawn in Group D with two-time former World Cup winners Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reassured fans his national team will be "very competitive" at the 2018 World Cup despite criticism from Diego Maradona following Friday's draw.

"We are in an interesting group with good teams who are better ranked than us by FIFA", Rohr began.

"It would be wonderful if we could get out of the group and then from there, we are outsiders - but we are ambitious also".

Interestingly, Russia 2018 will be the first time Nigeria will square up against Croatia and Iceland.

A cross-section of football fans in Abuja on Friday expressed satisfaction with the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup draw, adding that Nigeria got "a fair deal". "How much it is for Iceland against Argentina, I don't know, but we have shown through the years that if we play well, we can at least give them a good game".

They fought hard before falling to Argentina 2-1 in their debut finals, winning plaudits for bringing sub-Saharan African flare to the game.

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Nigeria to meet Argentina for 5th time at group stage

"They did it in 2014 and lost against France but last time they were in Pot 3 and now we are Pot 4, so it will be more hard". A recent 4 - 2 exhibition victory would inspire some confidence, even if that Argentine team was without its talisman, Lionel Messi.

Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay. Morocco will have their work cut out against Cristiano Ronaldo and company, as well as 2010 World Champions Spain. Whereas group C has France Australia, Peru and Denmark.

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

Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Rohr said Nigeria in the same group as reigning world champions Germany "would be very nice". Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England make up the teams that will slug it out.

Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

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