Adepoju: Argentina Will Be Tough For Super Eagles Even Without Messi

Adepoju: Argentina Will Be Tough For Super Eagles Even Without Messi

By James Agberebi: Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has dismissed the absence of Barcelona star Lionel Messi from the international friendly between Argentina and Nigeria, stating it will not make any difference, reports.

After securing their places for next year’s World Cup, the Super Eagles and Argentina will meet in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday.

But Argentina will be without star forward Messi who flew back to Spain after helping his team pip FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia 1-0 in a friendly game on Saturday.

But Adepoju who faced Argentina on three occasions during his Super Eagles career (USA 1994 World Cup, Confederation Cup 1995, Korea/Japan 2002), said the South Americans still parade world class players who can hurt Nigeria.

“We should be expecting a tough game, as usual, as it always is with Argentina,” Adepoju told “Playing against Argentina is not always easy. We should expect a fierce and interesting game.

“Messi not being part of the game does not matter. We are going to play against an Argentina side that parade great players.

“They will put up their best to make sure that they give us a good game. They have a great squad with players playing in big clubs in the world.”


  • I.dont.believe.that

  • DAT is a strong matcb

  • James 1 year ago

    Nigeria 0 – 1 Argentina. I hope to see Nigeria give a good fight and show the class they are made of, but….

  • Dybala
    Di Maria
    Na die for Nigeria

    • This doesn’t matter, is a matter of the game we can win ’em

    • Iwobi, Balogun, Abdullah, Ekong, Mikel + iheanacho…. Dem be tunder for Argentina

    • PapaFem 1 year ago

      The only player I fear in that Argentine team is Messi. If you circled him out, we’re even, irrespective of the players they come with. At the last world cup, we could have easily won the match, even with their super stars, but for Messi. He scored two sumptuous free-kicks which decided the match. Minus that, we put them thorough the wringer. Two nice goals in open play against a team like Argentina is no mean feat. I foresee a draw tonight, a score draw.

  • Barney 1 year ago

    Nig.2 Argentina 1

  • What na!!!!???
    We too we are wifout Moses
    So balanced

  • Na so nah, we too our key player Moses no play, so na d same

  • Indeed, But we hope to win

  • Obumike maria 1 year ago

    Nigeria 1-1 Argentina

  • Ek Edet 1 year ago

    nigeria will definitely win this match.
    Nigeria 1 vs 1 Argentina

  • Ek Edet 1 year ago

    Nigeria 2 vs 1 Argentina

  • Prince Ologbenla 1 year ago

    Mutiu Adepoju, u are players before and we are all Nigeria. Don’t be negativity and stop discouraging us from watching the Game. We also have Top players too and your own might be different from what may happen tomorrow.

  • Michael 1 year ago

    I believe in this team so much. They have given me confident again to watch Nigeria matches again. for 2day game i see it as a draw game with Argentina