Argentina coach Diego Maradona says he has a lot of respect for the Nigerian National Football team- the Super Eagles, and its Coach Lars Lagerback describing them as “a strong and direct outfit” under an experienced Swedish coach
“They are very athletic and physically strong – and they have some quick players.”
As the Argentinan team prepares to take on its Nigerian counterpart this saturday in World cup 2010, Diego Maradona is still keeping his exact plans for the match at Ellis Park under lock and key.
But the rumours flying around the camp are Maradona will play a 3-4-3 formation.
The attack will likely comprise Carlos Tevez as a third forward complementing Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi, of whom so much is expected at this tournament.
Samuel says the team is ready to hit the ground running, despite poor qualifying form.
“I have confidence in this team’s chances at this World Cup,” insisted the defender.
The Nigerians have not shown the greatest of form coming in – they beat fellow World Cup qualifiers North Korea 3-1 at the weekend in an encounter overshadowed by a crowd stampede but previous encounters saw a goalless draw with Saudi Arabia and a 1-1 stalemate with Colombia.