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Eagles’ World Cup group tough – Ighalo

Super Eagles striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has described as outright tough the side’s Group D pairing at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

The Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup draw on Friday at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia pitched Nigeria in Group D together with arch-rivals and two-time World champions, Argentina, Croatia and debutants, Iceland.

Eagles will open their World Cup title account against Croatia in Kaliningrad on June 16, and then confront newcomers, Iceland before facing perennial opponents, Argentina in Saint Petersburg.

Ighalo said however that Nigeria stand a great chance to qualify from the group using their comparative advantage maximally.

“It’s a tough group no doubt about it but as tough as it is the same way we are wary of other opponents same way other group’s members will be wary of us.

“Yes, we defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly less than a month ago in Russia but it will be a different Argentine side at the World Cup.

“However, we are not starting the World Cup campaign against Argentina, Argentina will be the last group’s game.

“We are playing Croatia first then the newcomers, Iceland so we can amass the necessary points before we meet Argentina.

“That’s not to say the other two teams will be a stroll on the back, no, there is no cheap team at the World Cup.

“I have confidence that we will make it from the group perhaps ahead of the feared opponents, Argentina.

“We just have to prepare adequately well to get it perfectly right at the World Cup in Russia,” said the Chinese side, Changchun Yatai FC marksman to

The opening game of the 2018 Fifa World Cup will be between hosts, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup will run from June 14 – July 15 in 11 host cities – Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Saransk, Rostov-On-Don, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Sochi, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod

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