Nigeria

Not the spend in haste/be in debt forever… Portsmouth, but the punching above their weight… one.

The comparisons with the south coast club are obvious because of some of the players in their ranks are from that club, but also because the Super Eagles seem to have that Pompey/F.A. Cup spirit.

They’ll need it with their first game obviously… although I am writing this before we’ve seen Argentina play so it could either be a calculating success by El Diego or a glorious disaster, we’ll see… Plus they’ve lost Chelsea’s John Obi Mikela, a key player for their squad, but they still have the likes of Joseph Yobo, Dickson Etuhu, Obafemi Martins in their ranks. Additionally there’s the Pompey element with John Utaka and Kanu, who at this last World Cup will want to go out in a blaze of glory.

These journeymen face a side that might have three in attack. With Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi at the front, the inexperienced Argentina coach is pondering putting Carlos Tevez up there with them. Of course with all this concentration on the strikers it might leave it weak at the back, but with Heinze and Demichelis… it’s doubtful. The only liability I see in the side is with Mascherano, who last season committed the third most fouls (after Tim Cahill) in the Premier League.

So with this lineup we might actually see some goals tomorrow, but we’ll probably see more of him:

El Diego

Which is no bad thing. We need to be entertained, but more than that we want to see some GOALS !

Some music associated with Nigeria – and this remix of the best official World Cup song out there.

K'naan » K’naan feat Banky W & M.I – Wavin’ Flag (Naija Remix)
(Official Nigerian Super Eagles Version of the World Cup Song)

» Also previously featured here.

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