Argentina misses Messi in friendly loss to Nigeria


Retired Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has expressed his pride in the team's performance in 2017, which was rounded off with a stunning 4-2 victory over Argentina in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday.

The South American giant will be without their super star, Lionel Messi as the soccer icon withdrew from the squad after La Albiceleste 1-0 victory in Moscow at the weekend.

Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles media officer, who said this in an interview on Monday, noted that Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President, has raised the possibility of moving the Nation Cup qualifiers from March so that World Cup bound teams could use the window to ideal their preparations.

However, all five teams will be engaged in AFCON 2019 in the next Federation Internationale de Football Association window in March and this will be the last window before the World Cup in June in Russia. This will be their first game against a non-African side since they played Luxembourg in May previous year.

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The friendly against Argentina is the Eagles' first preparatory game ahead of the World Cup.

Brian Idowu scored Nigeria's fourth goal in the 54th minute.

Aguero's goal moved him past Hernan Crespo for third on Argentina's all-time top scoring list with 36 goals.