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Nigeria's Super Eagles will be facing Argentina for the 5th time in their 6 World Cup tournaments after being drawn in a relatively fair first round Group D, that also has Iceland and Croatia.

The draw was held in Russian Federation on Friday evening.

European champions, Portugal, have their hands full in a tough-looking Group B that also features 2010 champions Spain, Iran and Morocco. In 1995 at the Confederations Cup, and at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups in South Korea /Japan and South Africa.

Nigeria first played against their arch-nemesis Argentina back in the 1994 World Cup.

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"It is a World Cup and we have to face the best".

They will meet again in Russian Federation next year.

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Speaking with the NationSports on Wednesday, the coach of the Super eagles, Rohr believes that Nigeria is ready to face any teams in Russian Federation.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina. A recent 4 - 2 exhibition victory would inspire some confidence, even if that Argentine team was without its talisman, Lionel Messi. At the moment, they are one of the best teams in Europe and beat Greece 4-1 in the play-offs so we have to be prepared and ready for them.

When asked about Maradona's remarks, Sampaoli said: "I hope we have the possibility during this time to train and play better".

"Anyway, we should be able to make it to the round of 16".

"I hope that Icelandic fans will come to Russian Federation and stay at least for the three first games, and then I don't know how long they will stay, but hopefully they will see us through to the end of the tournament". It will be interesting to have a good friendly (match), for example, against Serbia because they play similar football.

A number of high profile figures Football figure will be involved in the draw, including the all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, who will carry the trophy onto the stage.

"Perhaps, our final group game against Argentina will be the final for our qualification to the next round".

  • Marjorie Miles