Duro Ikhazuagbe in St Petersburg
Russia-born Bryan Idowu will be at home at St Petersburg this evening when Super Eagles take on Argentina. The 26-year old FC Amkar Perm defender was born here in St Petersburg and has a lot of followers amongst youths of the beautiful city.
â€œI feel great coming back here to play for Nigeria at the St Petersburg Stadium. This is my city, I was born here,â€ observed the hardworking defender who inexplicably missed playing for Russian top club Zenit St Petersburg after going through its academy.
â€œIt was a special kind of feelings returning from our camp base in Essentuki to see my parents and friends here,â€ he noted with excitement.
Idowu who scored in his Nigeria debut against Argentina last November Krasnodar is praying things work out for Nigeria against Argentina today.
â€œ I just pray things work out for us tomorrow (Tuesday) against Argentina. I expect our team to have massive support here,â€
He scored nine minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute against the Albiceleste and described the reaction that followed in Russia as overwhelmingly positive.
â€œ Of course the win over Argentina in that friendly in Krasnodar last November has helped to psyche us that we can do it at this World Cup. It doesnâ€™t matter whether Messi was not in that team that we defeated. The stakes are higher now because it is a World Cup.â€
BIG GAMES BETWEEN NIGERIA & ARGENTINA
25 June 1994: Nigeria 1 Argentina 2 â€“ Boston, USA (FIFA World Cup)
10 Jan 1995: Argentina 0 Nigeria 0 â€“ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (FIFA Confederations Cup)
3 Aug 1996: Nigeria 3 Argentina 2 â€“ Georgia, USA (Olympics Final)
2 June 2002: Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 â€“ Ibaraki, Japan (FIFA World Cup)
2 July 2005: Nigeria 1 Argentina 2 â€“ Utrecht, Netherlands (FIFA U20 World Cup Final)
23 Aug 2008: Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 â€“ Beijing, China (Olympics Final)
12 June 2010: Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 â€“ Joâ€™burg, South Africa (FIFA World Cup)
1 June 2011: Nigeria 4 Argentina 1 â€“ Abuja, Nigeria (Friendly)
6 Sept 2011: Argentina 3 Nigeria 1 â€“ Dhaka, Bangladesh (Friendly)
25 June 2014: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3 â€“ Porto Alegre, Brazil (FIFA World Cup)
14 Nov 2017: Argentina 2 Nigeria 4 â€“ Krasnodar, Russia (Friendly)