Russia 2018: Maradona plans to meet, teach Messi and Co how to beat Nigeria
By Ayomide Jayeoba
Ahead of their make or Mar final group game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Argentina football legend, Diego Maradona has requested for a a talk session with the players of Argentina national football team with a view to motivating them and giving out tactics on how to beat the African giant.
Following Nigeria’s win over Iceland last Friday, the two time World Cup winners despite losing 3-0 to Croatia a day earlier were handed a lifeline to make it through to the knockout stage as long as Iceland do not beat Croatia while they beat Nigeria in the final group game.
After their embarrassing 3-0 lost to Croatia, Maradona who couldn’t hide his feelings is “furious and upset” and criticised Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia.
“It cost us too much to be where we are for Croatia to hit us for three goals and to leave with our arms crossed without putting a foot in,” he said.
Maradona, the Mexico ’86 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner who controversially won Argentina that year’s World Cup with his ‘hand of God’ goal against England in the final said he “would love” to meet coach Jorge Sampaoli’s players and would take several of his former team-mates with him.
“We’re going to defend our honour,” he told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.
“I’m furious and very upset inside, because anyone who has worn that shirt can’t see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn’t Germany, that isn’t Brazil, that isn’t Holland or Spain.
“But there is a guilty party and the culprit is the president of the AFA. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants.
“I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia’s part.”
‘If we didn’t raise it, we’d be hypocrites’.
Nigeria and Argentina have been grouped together in the World Cup five times with the Las Albacelte coming out winners in both teams’ previous four meetings at the mundial, winning 2-1 in 1994, 1-0 in 2002, 1-0 in 2010 and 3-2 in 2014.