All is set for the international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina today in Krasnodar.
The match will be the 8th meeting between both sides in all competitions.
Argentina have the edge with five wins, one loss and one draw against the three-time African champions. It is therefore an opportunity for the Nigerians to take their pound of flesh from the Argentines who will be playing without Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr will likely make four changes for the clash with 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina.
Skipper John Obi Mikel returns to the team after he was rested for the match against Algeria last Friday.
Francis Uzoho might play in goal and Girona striker Olarenwaju Kayode is set to lead the attack. Brian Idowu is expected play in defense for Nigeria.
Mainz defender Balogun said the match is like a World Cup to the Nigerians because they have been looking forward to this game for a long time and they will give Argentina a good run for their money.
Manager Jorge Sampaoli named his squad for the clash, and several stars were snubbed. Barcelona star Messi won’t play any part in the game.
The Albiceleste secured their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in their final qualifier against Ecuador, with captain Messi scoring a historic hat-trick in their 3-1 win
Sampaoli’s men took on Russia on 11 November, winning 1-0 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s solitary strike.
Head To Head Meetings
25 Jun 1994 Argentina 2-1 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
10 Jan 1995 Nigeria 0-0 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup
02 Jun 2002 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
12 Jun 2010 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
01 Jun 2011 Nigeria 4-1 Argentina International Friendly
06 Sep 2011 Argentina 3-1 Nigeria International Friendly
25 Jun 2014 Nigeria 2-3 Argentina FIFA World Cup