As the super eagles gear up to face the Argentinian side later today at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Nigerians in London have been giving their comments about the performance of the eagles so far and their prediction for the decisive match with Argentina.
The Nigerian team kicked off their world cup campaign with a lukewarm performance against Iran resulting in a goal less draw. Many had hoped that the team’s win at the Nation’s cup would lead to the team progressing beyond the first stages of the competition.
Benjamin, a London-based entrepreneur who spoke to us said that he didn’t think that the team would progress beyond the first group stages. He said, ‘I just hope we don’t get embarrassed by the outcome of today’s match”.
He also added that the team’s performance so far has been average at best and that he felt it was difficult to predict how the eagles would perform due to their erratic nature.
“The thing is, when you expect them to perform, they don’t and when you don’t expect them to perform, they excel, so we’ll just have to wait and see”.
Another Nigerian based here in London Niyi Adenubi who works in financial services said the eagles had a fair chance of winning the game. He said this was because the team seemed to have improved after the game with Bosnia although he felt that they lacked discipline.
He also added that Nigerians often had unrealistically ‘high expectations ‘of the eagles which is why they were always disappointed. He feels a draw is the best outcome that the Nigerian team can hope for during the match.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian has offered to give the Super Eagles N10 million for every goal scored against Argentina. The Chairman of the media committee of the NFF Emeka Inyama, confirmed this to newsmen on Monday. He however reiterated that the amount promised would have no effect on the wages agreed with the players before the start of the tournament.
He also said that the team was in high spirits and that there were no ‘distractions’. “We’re confident that the Eagles will beat Argentina”, he said.
Nigeria face Argentina at 5pm today, the game will be broadcast on ITV.