Aguero Tags Eagles ‘Weak’ Team in Group D

Sergio Kun Aguero


  • NFF plans friendly with England

Femi Solaja with agency report

Argentina and Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has tagged Nigeria as the least headache of the South American nation in the Group D pairings of the World Cup 2018.

Despite the 4-2 defeat suffered by the Albeceleste in last month’s friendly against the Super Eagles in Krosnodar, Russia, Aguero told Argentine publication, Dobleamarilla, yesterday that he respects Croatia and is still wondering on what to expect from Iceland.

The Manchester City star, in what appears a mind game, dismissed Nigeria as a team not to be worried about.

Aguero described Nigeria’s victory in that friendly as ‘accidental’ aided by his absence in the second half of the match due to the exhaustion that led to his unconsciousness and hospitalization.

He told the publication that he only asked about what happened after he regained consciousness. Aguero insisted that Argentina lost because the players were thinking more about him in the hospital.

“That happens sometimes, because it was because they thought of me, they were scared. I do not know, “stressed Aguero.

On Croatia, Aguero said: “Croatia has a great midfield. They have Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, there is Perisic who plays outside and he’s very fast. Croatia is a bit more complete.”

He continued: “Iceland is one of the debutants, they do not play badly, they are a very organised team and they have (Gylfi) Sigurdsson, who is the one who drives the team. We play them first; they are therefore the most important game for us. They will not be easy.”

On the overall, Aguero said it was good that Argentina was not tipped as one of the top favourites to win at Russia 2018.

He believes that the pendulum of victory is likely to swing in the directions of France, Germany and Brazil.

“It’s good that they do not take us as candidates (for the trophy),” concludes the Man City forward.

In a related development, the Super Eagles are to play a pre-World Cup friendly with England, UK-based Skysport reported yesterday.

Skysport quoted the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, to have confirmed the proposed game.

However, there is no confirmation from the English FA on the match.

“We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” Sanusi told Skysport, stressing that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out.

Both nations will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia, with Gareth Southgate’s England paired to play Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

Nigeria last played England at the 2002 World Cup in Osaka, Japan on June 12, 2002 in a match Coach Adegboye Onigbinde had to ring changes from the earlier line-up of Nigeria in the preceding matches with Argentina and Sweden.

Vincent Enyeama was handed his first World Cup cap in that game.

Before then, the Super Eagles had played a friendly with England on June 16, 1995 at the Wembley when Amodu Shaibu made his managerial debut with Nigeria. Eagles lost 1-0.

  • AyoJon

    Nigeria is physical but it’ll be wise not to be too physical, especially close to our post. Argentina was trying to play as to influence the referee. They kept acting like plastic.
    Also, we should keep an eye on Iceland cause they can cause a major upset.

  • Maria Darego

    The Nigerian team can actually surprise Argentina if we can hold them in the first half. Argentina’s performance drops off in the second half. In the Nigerian team, the full back positions (especially left full back) really need to be sorted out. The Central defence pair of Ekong and Balogun look very solid. The midfield is also a problem (Mikel cannot go very long and can maybe only give a good 50 minutes). The youthful forward options look very good and should cause problems in the second half for all the teams in that group (but they need to always fall back into the midfield to defend once they don’t have the ball!). The first match against Croatia is key. if we win that match, anything is possible.

  • OkonOnonokpono

    We wait and see!

  • Md Idiake

    Aguero is already making mouth. He should be careful o! If not, there just might be a “repeat” of the thrashing the Super Eagles handed out to Argentina at the World Cup and he might be “hospitalized” from the shock for a few months…

    • Then he could even go into a coma

      • King Sam

        And full stop….lol

    • Tony Oshea

      Aguero should ask his older brothers what happened to them at Atlanta 96 Olympics, after they boasted that they will win the gold. What Kanu, Okocha ,Amuneke,Oliseh and Babayaro did to them is still fresh in our minds.

      • Md Idiake

        Good Talk.