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Ndidi: Why Eagles Must Beat Croatia, Iceland; Messi Is Unstoppable

Ndidi: Why Eagles Must Beat Croatia, Iceland; Messi Is Unstoppable

By Dare Esan:
Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi believes the Super Eagles key to qualifying for the second round of the Russia 2018 FIFA
World Cup will be to win their opening two games against Croatia on June 16 and Iceland on June 22.
Ndidi told FIFA World Cup Russia Magazine the team’s final game against Argentina in Saint Petersburg on June 26 will be a very tough one especially with the expected presence of Barcelona star,Lionel Messi in the team.
”Argentina team is very good, for me I will say Messi is unstoppable. He is the best player in the world,” said Ndidi.
Argentina have won all four games against Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup since the two teams first met in 1994 when Nigeria made her debut.
The Albisceleste won the first meeting 2-1 on June 25,1994 at the Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States. Nigeria lost again, this time 1-0 on June 2,2002 at the Kashima Soccer Stadium in Ibaraki,Japan and succumbed to another 1-0 loss eight years later,precisely on June 12 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg,South Africa.
Four years, the Eagles, led by Stephen Keshi (now late), lost 3-2 to Argentina with a Marcos Rojo winner after Ahmed had twice restored parity after Messi two goals.
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  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    Ndidi!!!!!!!!!!! I will shout your name. Let me tell you parable in story. The baby hawk too a chick. Mother hawk ask baby hawk how did the mother chick act as you took the chick? It was shouting, ranting, even attempted to fly after me. Mother hawk became calm, no problem with this one as empty drum make the loudest noise. Well done son. Next day baby hawk too a duckling(baby duck). When ask the same question, baby hawk says this one didn’t do anything o, was just looking intently at the direction I was flying to. Mother hawk told baby hawk to go back immediately and drop baby duck. This one that didn’t talk or do anything may be dangerous and planning on what to do. Go back, go back quick quick. Your talking is telling the opponents how you feel and most times it tells the opponents that you are worried or in fear. Face your football and leave the talking to the coach and the captains. Convert this energy for talking to thinking. Think about how you will stop the midfielders of Croatia from functioning. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. You will have your hands full with those two, I bet you. They are among the best. They also have a deadly striker in the person of Mario Mandzukic. Know that there is an enormous amount of job to be done. You just want to talk. The only good thing about this talk is that it makes us know you know what is involved. But please your talking should be heard less and less than necessary. It will even make you a mystery and puzzle the opponents.

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    You see what I mean by talking less. Why should you praised your opponent. How on earth you make such blunder by saying Messi is unstoppable!!!! Iceland will be laughing you because they will be playing Argentina first and they are busy formulating strategy on how to stop the Argentine team, not only Messi. You have unknowingly express you dread of Messi. Croatia are also laughing at you. They will be thinking now like this: is Ndidi not their hoped for midfielder and he is praising an opponent’s midfielder? This is sign of deep and strong fear.’ Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will use the opportunity to tell his team mates that he has played with Messi 1000 times(lie) 500 time(lie) respectively and many times he has begged me to come and play for Barca (lie). Although lies, he has encouraged his fellow soldiers. I beg I beg make una dey talk less.

  • Oh no ndidi. Messi is not unstoppable. Etebo has stopped him, i thought we we believe you more why this fear.this your talk should have be thinking on how Eagle can win wc trophy.leave talk for your coach and captain, and get inspired by their words

  • Ndidi,you are so right and I applaud you for being direct and to the point.

    Yes, Messi – on his day – is unstoppable and this sentiment has not only been mentioned by Ndidi but echoed by top quality footballers in the world including Germany’s Boateng.

    Having said that, it doesn’t mean that Messi cannot be neutralised and I bet you, Ndidi (and John Ogu) will be relishing the chance to do just that.

    You see, stating the obvious and acknowledging the strength of your opponent is not itself a sign of weakness.

    On the contrary, it is a sign that you are well aware of the challenges ahead and are doing your homework to overcome these.

    I envisage “a clash of the titans” when Ndidi faces Messi.

    Think of it: The greatest dribbler of all times Vs one of the great upcoming tackler of the present time!

    I can’t wait.

    • Gideon Ekpenyong 3 years ago

      Deo it’s better not to let your opponent know you are afraid he will feed on it and destroy you. Saying that Messi is a the best footballer in the world is enough acknowledgement of what he will face but using the statement “HE IS UNSTOPPABLE” show signs of fear. Instead he should have said something similar to “we are planning on stopping him or we are ready for him”. Messi had been stopped so many times by other players in Europe recently by players in Roma, after the first leg of the match which Barcelona won Roma devised a means of stopping Messi and it worked. MESSI CAN BE STOPPED! All the super eagles need to do is to learn from Roma and other teams that were able to stop him.

  • Thank u @deo u just spoke my mind.

  • Who is Messi? Messi my foot! The Lord that answereth by thunder will stop Messi and other deadly players for us IJN.

  • I mean doe is on point….

  • Victor Onyeanum 3 years ago

    Ndidi shouldn’t be so mouthy. If the watchman admits that a thief cannot be caught, he is either an accomplice or has outlived his usefulness. If Messi is unstoppable, the people who should stop him shouldn’t be the ones to lament it. Boateng of Germany who is being quoted here was part of the German team that stopped Messi in 2014. Other countries that are not in the same group can say it but it is a mark of cowardice and timidity for any player or coach in the same group to say it. Ndidi would have paid dearly for that unguarded comment if Nigeria had a better replacement for him.

  • My friends (Victor and Gideon) don’t allow yourselves fall victim to what is partly mind-games from Ndidi.

    Of course (strictly speaking) no player is unstoppable. That said, on his day, Messi can hurt you and hurt you bad……

    Remember in France ’98 when Nigeria crashed 4:1 to Denmark in the world cup second round, Denmark goalkeeper Shmieckel was quoted to have said something like: “Nigerian players paid too much attention to newspaper articles (**of how unstoppable they are**) that they took their eyes off the ball!”.

    Let Ndidi big up our opponents and let’s pray that this will get to their heads!!!

  • No matter how we justify this assertion, it is negative with all the trimmings of fear and hero-worship, a type of statement should not come from the Nigerian camp, mind game or not. Let the players talk less and concentrate on their game. As my people would say: Messi does not have two heads. He is stoppable. Let’s not begin to behave like the other African teams we faced during the qualifying games who played and won their matches on the pages of newspapers and internet outlets. Go get the job done. No shaking.

  • This is so bad for ndidi, this should have said by someone else that not in thesame group with him mostly ndidi his target. now that you have giving up on messi to score, how do you think the coach will feel?
    We dont have a proper replacement if not suspected ndidi is not worth to be on pitch. see why the coach always praises iheanacho never give up and never got afraid.

  • Ndidi needs to change his grasshopper mentality or be benched against Argentina. 
    Going down the memory lane,  this thinking similarly cost us defeat against Italy in 19th . Nigeria had all it took to defeat Italy but for Olive who was italy bound and played with inferiority complex and begging for acceptance by Italians when he finally got to Italy. 
    Rohr , please take note !

  • Y do nigerians like deceieving themselves.d guy just spoke his mind,wat did u expect him to say dat messi is not good and then u guys will start saying he is arrogant,and then start preachin on how he should b humble,all d previous super eagles players dat hav said they can stop messi y has messi not lost to nigeria,abeg u guys should let him be.

  • emmanueldaniel 3 years ago

    Messi can be stope no matter how good he is if the nigerian players are determined to stop him why not abeg make ndidi no talk that thing again we self play ball.

  • Yes ndidi messi is unstoppable but try as much as possible to stop him he is the best in the world but this time eagle will be perfect pls dont allowed him to score

  • I don’t think any team can stop Messi. He can only be contained and I think that’s what Head Boy is talking about. I do not see any inferiority complex in his statement. Messi and Ronaldo can never be stopped until they retire, they can only be contained to do minimal or no damages at all. And that is down to the entire first 11 against Argentina or any other teams to play as a collective unit. One thing I love about these current SuperEagles is that they’re a very hard working group that plays for each other. I don’t know if it’s me I have a feeling that SuperEagles will soar beyond imagination in the land of Putin. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

  • Hello Wilfred Ndidi, it’s nice to detect your opponent strengths just as you have just done to the Argentines and their top star player, Lionel Messi but, you should have used their own strengths to build your own weaknesses and finally come up with a superb tactical strategies to paralyze their strengths and put them behind yourself and your team mate, Super Eagles.

    If I may get you clear, your agitation was that, Super Eagles can’t beat Argentina simply because they have beat us severally in most of our past World Cup encounters. That is just telling all Nigerians that, you and your team mates had romance defeat already even, before getting to the main business on the pitch with them.

    This type of conversation and spirit is not doing you and your team colleagues any positive good, all you are promoting within the team is fear and weaknesses, so be positive always in all your endeavors perhaps, Messi has two legs just like everyone of you then, what made him and his team unstoppable for Christ sake, keep hope alive that you guys will do the undo-able and beat the Argentines in your own time and the spirit of football winning will go with you all throughout the tournament, amen.