Ex-CAF, FIFA Coaching Instructor, and former Super Eagles Technical Adviser Adegboye Onigbinde has advised the team to be on their guard against Argentina in their final Group D match on Tuesday slated for St. Petersburg. The game will determine the Eagles’ progress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Onigbinde told NAN on Sunday at St Petersburg that the team should not underestimate Argentina in the make-or-mar showdown.
Nigeria had lost 0-2 to Croatia in their opening game at Kaliningrad on June 16 but came back into the reckoning after a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday at Volgograd Stadium.
‘‘Nigeria played well to beat Iceland 2-0 to return into contention for the next round, but they should expect a tough challenge from the wounded Argentines.
‘‘They are in a bad shape now as far as the ongoing World Cup is concerned, but they have a way of coming back when the chips are down.
‘‘This is why the Super Eagles players and their coaching crew led by Gernot Rohr must cut short their celebration and prepare for a herculean task against Argentina on Tuesday,’’ the coach said.
Onigbinde, who commended the Eagles for the dramatic comeback against Iceland, however, advised that the players must be on their guard throughout the match.
The former Trinidad of Tobago Technical Director warned that while the Eagles would be aspiring to score, they must not allow the opponents penetrate the defense.
‘’The team must be active in all the departments of the game. Right from the defense, and through the midfield to the attack. There must be no slip or laxity of any kind.
‘‘On top of it all, the Eagles must up their game with a mass attack, mass defense approach in order to ward off the Argentines’ onslaught,’’ he said.
Apart from Croatia who tops the group with the maximum six points, the Eagles with three points are still vulnerable to threat from the Azurris and Iceland with a point each.