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Nigeria to play Argentina yet again at FIFA World Cup, LIVE on Kwesé Sports

Nigeria to play Argentina yet again at FIFA World Cup, LIVE on Kwesé Sports

14:15 SAST | 04 Dec 2017

The cat's out the bag, or rather the little plastic ball is out the big glass bowl. Diego Maradona was the star of the show at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw last Friday, wearing two watches as he plucked little soccer balls out the bowl. When he drew his native Argentina with Croatia in Group D, England's Gary Lineker - who was co-hosting the night - commented, "Diego has always been good with his hands." Lineker was perhaps inspired by the 'sledging' antics of his countrymen who are playing cricket against Australia in the Ashes (catch that series LIVE on Kwesé Sports 2). Lineker was top-scorer for England at the 1986 World Cup, where they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Maradona's 'hand of God' goal. Only four years before the incident England and Argentina had been at war, fighting over a few windswept islands (the Falklands) in the South Atlantic.

You saw the fun and games of the FIFA World Cup Final Draw, LIVE on Kwesé Sports. The little incident between Maradona and Lineker sums up the drama that Football World Cups deliver. Kwesé Sports is bringing all the FIFA World Cup excitement LIVE to Africa, come kick-off 14 June 2018. And excitement aplenty there will be if Nigeria can improve on their three round of 16 finishes. The Super Eagles are in Group D with Iceland, Croatia and Argentina. There's something about Nigeria vs Argentina. Nigeria have qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times, in five they've been grouped with Argentina. Unfortunately for Nigeria the Super Eagles lost all those games, with Lionel Messi dishing out the agony in 2014, scoring a curling free kick to seal a 3-2 win. But, Nigeria is a nation of optimists and will target Croatia and Iceland for wins. A second-place finish will see them through to the knock-out stages, where anything can happen.

As for the other African hopefuls, Senegal have a decent chance of topping their group, having been drawn in Group H with Poland, Colombia and Japan. Egypt also have a good chance of going through to the round of 16; they're in Group A with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. It's a different story for Morocco and Tunisia. Morocco are in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran, while Tunisia find themselves in Group G with Panama, England and Belgium. The Tunisians may find it tough to beat England or Belgium, particularly the latter. Belgium boasts a star line-up of players who ply their trade in England: e.g. Eden Hazard (Chelsea); Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United); Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany (Manchester City); Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jan Vertongen and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).

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