Many will agree with the saying that variety is the best spice of life but fate have always denied the Super Eagles of Nigeria a taste of varying spices when it comes to international football.
Yet again, it is Argentina. It is the Messi led Albicelestes that we have to worry about. For the second successive World Cup and for the fifth time, Nigeria is drawn with the South American giants. Just as expected, reactions trailed the outcome of the draw with many asking “Why always Argentina”.
Both teams have met eight times, five of which came in international competition and three in an international friendly. The first of these encounters was in the group stage of the USA 1994 World Cup with the South Americans cruising to a 2-1 victory. The Albicelestes have gone ahead to claim three more victories in subsequent meetings with the only draw coming in a FIFA Confederations Cup encounter back in 1995.
However, the Super Eagles triumphs over the Argentines have come in friendly matches. A 4-1 win in 2011 and a dramatic 4-2 win in Krasnodar back in November, still fresh among Nigerians.
With the results, it will not be out to place to state that the Eagles are only better when it comes to friendly matches but when the business gets serious, the Albicelestes always have their way.
Notwithstanding this, a reawaken Nigerian team can still stun the soccer world. There has being a tremendous improvement in the team under current German manager and tactician Gernot Rohr Against all odds, the Super Eagles were the first team to book a place for the showpiece in Russia next year despite being drawn in a group of death with the likes of Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. Indeed the super eagles have found their rhythm.
Come 2018, the Eagles are expected to fly high. Nigerians hope to have a good feel of Croatia and Iceland. We can say that too much of Argentina has not been a pleasant experience but a reawaken Super Eagles can still give Nigerians a dream World Cup experience.