Former Super Eagles midfielder Dahiru Sadi has said next month’s high profile friendly between Nigeria’s senior national and star studded Argentina shouldn’t be about experimenting with fringe players.
The former Hamburg player told Daily Trust that a high profile match such as the one against Argentina should be about the key players expected to feature in the Mundial so as to see how they ‘match up’ with the best players in the world.
“As you know Argentina is one of the best teams in the world and this will be an opportunity for us to try our best players against world stars instead of thinking of experimenting against such a big team.”
Sadi also commended the Nigeria Football Federation for heeding the call of Nigerians who have insisted on top notch friendlies for the team before the FIFA World Cup in Russia so as to make the team have a taste of what’s come in Eastern Europe.
Nigeria have had to confront Argentina in four of its previous five FIFA World Cup appearances, starting with a 1-2 defeat in Boston, USA in the African team’s debut in 1994.
Argentina won another group phase clash 1-0 in Ibaraki, Japan in 2002, won a similar encounter by the same margin in Johannesburg, South Africa eight years later and then edged the Eagles 3-2 in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2014.
Other famous encounters between both nations include two final matches of the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament – Nigeria edging it in 1996 in America and the Argies winning by the odd goal in China 12 years later. (Daily Trust)