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'Nigeria must show the right attitude' – Obaroakpo on how to end Argentina domination

2:13 PM IST 26/06/18
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The former CHAN Eagles defender has stressed that the Nigerian team must show the right mentality if they want to eliminate the Albiceleste

Abia Warriors’ Austin Obaroakpo is tipping Nigeria to defeat Argentina if they show the right attitude to halt their winless streak against the South American at the World Cup.

The Super Eagles have lost to the Albiceleste on all four occasions [1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014] they have met at the finals and ahead of their fifth meeting at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Obaroakpo tasks the Gernot Rohr's men to show mental toughness.

“It will no doubt going to be a tough match because we are going to be facing a wounded Argentinian side who are eager to make a point despite their poor run at the ongoing World Cup,” Obaroakpo told Goal .

“They are coming into the tie at the back of unimpressive results in their opening two matches. They will be throwing everything at us but we must show them that we are ready and we must go into the game with the proper attitude. We must not admit that we have beaten when the game is yet to be played.

“We have not managed to pick any positive result in our previous matches with them at the World Cup and I think this is the appropriate time for us to get it and break our inability to beat them or any other South American side.   

“It won’t be an easy match as some Nigerians think. We must fight harder to qualify for the second round and the players and the technical crew must be aware of this. They must know that Argentina and Messi won’t give them breathing space throughout the encounter.”