Vice-Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Eddie Ogenyi Onazi as praised the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for organizing a Grade ‘A’ friendly for the team against the Argentine national team.
Onazi, who spoke exclusively to AOIFootball.com from his base in Turkey, shortly after his team’s 1-0 away loss to Yeni , a game which he featured for an hour before been replaced, said these kind of top notch friendlies will go a long way to help the team build well ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
“I really want to thank the NFF for this first class friendly they have organized; this is to show that we are really getting set for the World Cup as playing this kind of friendly will keep us in shape and make us understand the kind of opponents we might be meeting at the World Cup.
“Argentina are one of the powerhouses of world football because they possess arguably the best players on the planet currently. Even though they struggled to qualify for the World Cup, they will always be a top side any day, any time,”Onazi said.
The 2013 AFCON winner also added that he and his teammates must approach the game with all seriousness and commitment, regardless of it just being a friendly.
“Well, we will take all our games serious and it does not matter if it is a friendly or not; we need to approach the game as if we have already started the World Cup because the earlier we begin to know our likely big opponents, the better we will be on the field of play,” Onazi added.
When quizzed about the possibility of facing Lionel Messi, who is arguable the best player in the world, the former SC Lazio midfielder said it’s always an honour to face him, because playing with or against the best of player makes one to improve every time.
“It will be a privilege to play against him again. Every time we meet him, we learn, so I can’t wait to face him again as one of the best in the world,” Onazi concluded.
The Super Eagles will square up against the Albiceleste of Argentina at the Krasnodar Arena in Russia, four days after their final Group B World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine.