The Super Eagles of Nigeria were, on Friday, drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and nemesis, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russian Federation.
There's more life than death in the 2018 FIFA World Cup groups. This group football pundit believes will favor Nigeria as the Super Eagles can easily knock out Iceland and contend with Brazil and England.
Miroslav Klose, the World Cup's highest goalscorer who netted across four finals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 was the trophy bearer.
The Albiceleste have always determined Eagles fate, in 1994 Nigeria lost 2-1 to Argentina but still qualified top of the group, in 2002 and 2010 Nigeria lost 1-0 to Argentina to finish bottom of the group in bot years, and in 2014 despite losing 3-2 Nigeria qualified alongside Argentina.
And despite being drawn against three teams who have never won the World Cup, Sampaoli, who replaced sacked Edgardo Bauza in May, anticipates a challenging campaign for his side.
A win in that game gives the Super Eagles one leg up on qualification, but a draw would not be the worst result, as long as they claim a win against Iceland in the second game. "So, we can not surprise them like we did the last time (because) Lionel Messi will be here and Iceland is also a very good team, very strong physically - they have the best fans of the Europe". "We have to be careful, we will have plenty of time to study this team".
"They beat Greece in the playoffs to qualify for the World Cup".
"I hope that Icelandic fans will come to Russian Federation and stay at least for the three first games, and then I don't know how long they will stay, but hopefully they will see us through to the end of the tournament".
The 32 teams were divided into four pots of eight based on their October FIFA world rankings and were drawn into eight groups of four from A to H.
Rohr said their toughest match will be against Croatia on June 16 in Kaliningrad, because it will be Nigeria's opener. It will be more hard than in the friendly.
They will then face World Cup debutants Panama on June 24th.