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Nigeria and Argentina in Must-Win Encounters

Nigeria and Argentina in Must-Win Encounters

14:00 SAST | 21 Jun 2018

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Nigeria and Iceland could not be further apart. The former is a sub-tropical African country bursting with life, dynamism and people – all 186 million of them. Iceland is an island of snow and ice and volcanoes, colonise by Viking colonists and their Gaelic slaves in around 900 AD. The country is headed up by Katrín Jakobsdóttir. The attractive mother of three sons is only 42 and heads up the Left-Green Movement.

Somehow, from a population of just 350 000 people, and a relative handful of active footballers, Iceland made the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 and qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Not only that, but they drew 1-1 with mighty Argentina in the group stages. But the Super Eagles must draw strength from the sprawling diversity of their homeland and put Iceland in their place. Remember, France beat Iceland 5-2 in the semifinal of Euro 2016. Why can’t Nigeria do the same?

Nigeria vs Iceland (Kwesé Free Sports, 22 June at 16:45 CAT)

Iceland have proved that a well-drilled group of no-name workaholics can shock more established football nations. Kwesé Sports correspondent in Russia, Colin Udoh, chatted to Nigeria's Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi at training after Nigeria’s loss to Croatia. Watch that clip here. Udoh reported that Kwesé Sports ambassador, and Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel arrived at training five minutes early, as if to say he’s not underestimating the Nordic warriors.

While the Super Eagles are feeling the pressure, spare a thought for their fellow Group D contestants, Argentina. Lionel Messi’s sloping, and rather fragile looking, shoulders must be buckling under the weight of Latin expectation. While fellow GOAT (greatest of all time) contender Cristiano Ronaldo has soared to meet heightened expectation, Messi looked lethargic and ineffectual against Iceland. What’s more he missed a crucial penalty kick that could have won the game. But, in football as in life, hard work trumps sheer talent. Icelandic goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson is a film-maker turned pro footballer. He put his video skills to use in analysing hours of Messi footage to guess right (as opposed to left) when Messi stepped up to take that fateful penalty.

Argentina vs Croatia (Kwesé Free Sports, 21 June at 19.45 CAT)

Read here on KweséESPN how Messi is struggling to match the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. And read here to discover what it’s like to play with Ronaldo. There are plenty reasons to watch the FIFA World Cup. You may want to cheer on the Super Eagles as they try freeze out Iceland. Or you may be interested in who will emerge the greater player from Russia 2018, Messi or Ronaldo. Kwesé Sports brings you all the drama as it unfolds.

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