Argentina was left to ruin their chances after Caballero’s error was costly in a shock defeat to Croatia in their second game leaving Argentina to just a point in Group D of the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria who play later today against Iceland can take full advantage of the outcome of last night’s game and make an impact in Volgograd.
Lionel Messi’s Argentine side lost in a game where the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Modric and Rebic were all hot blazing and the result sees Croatia already in the second round with six points.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are at the bottom of the table with no point following their 0-2 defeat to Croatia in the opener but Nigerians are excited that the fall of Argentina to Croatia means Nigeria remains strongly in contest for the second ticket from the group.
The NFF on it’s part is satisfied that it has provided the best conditions, including arranging quality preparatory matches and settling all funding matters, and the onus lies on the players and the technical squad to perform.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick has come out to say they have continued to further motivate the players.
“We did everything to provide them the best conditions to perform but this is football and the result against Croatia went that way. Our job is not to get into the field and play. We are however working with the players and the technical crew to correct identified weaknesses but we can only rob minds and suggest, the final decision rests with the coach and the ultimate act rests with the players. I am happy that they understand this and are even more concerned to double efforts to make Nigerians happy with better performance and qualification to the next round.”