Argentina vs Nigeria: Rohr speaks on Messi's exclusion

William Troost-Ekong I am not scared of any opposition at the World Cup

Messi, whose hat-trick against Ecuador earned Argentina the Russian Federation 2018 ticket was given permission by coach, Jorge Sampoli to return to Barcelona, with an aim to test how his team will fare without the 5-time World Best Player.

The Super Eagles will be attempting to give a glimpse of what they can offer going to the World Cup when they take on the Argentine national team in a high profile friendly on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia.

Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr will likely make four changes for the clash with 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina. Last time out, Nigeria lost 2-3 to Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"Apart from putting together excellent arrangements for our games at home, they ensured we travelled in comfort to all our away games".

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"His suggestion will be tabled at the CAF Executive Committee meeting very soon and we hope they approve it so that we can play a friendly match in March".

Nigeria qualified for next year's World Cup from a tough group that included African champions Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia with a game to spare.

They have met at Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and senior level, dating back to 1993 when Nigeria's U17s played Argentina for the first time. This will be their first game against a non-African side since they played Luxembourg in May previous year.

"I believe this team will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the World Cup next year", he said.

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