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Lionel Messi's absence won't affect Super Eagles tactics against Argentina - Gernot Rohr

14 November 2017

Meanwhile, the NFF has disclosed that Russia-based Bryan Idowu on Saturday night joined up with the rest of the Super Eagles squad after they arrived in Krasnodar, Russia.

And just hours to the kick-off of the tie, the players had the chance to see the prestigious trophy.

The South American giant will be without their super star, Lionel Messi as the soccer icon withdrew from the squad after La Albiceleste 1-0 victory in Moscow at the weekend.

"Why do we hold a friendly game here in Russian Federation?"

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.

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"It turned out that we were looking for who would play the second match".

Nigeria will face Argentina in an global friendly match in Krasnodar on Tuesday.

"And the fact that our away travels were always direct on chartered flights made sure we had very good recovery period between games".

-Eagles to play with a three-man defence against Argentina. "I want to do well for Nigeria and repay the faith they have in me", he said from the national team's camp in Krasnodar.

Meanwhile, English Premier League duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are expected to lead the Nigeria's attack as the Franco-German coach wants to use the speed and youthfulness of both players to run riot against the Jorge Sampoli's side.

Lionel Messi's absence won't affect Super Eagles tactics against Argentina - Gernot Rohr