Mikel returns, Messi out of Nigeria, Argentina clash

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Mikel returns, Messi out of Nigeria, Argentina clash

"The reality is that we have little time with the national team and we have to take advantage of it to the fullest of the time we do spend together, and to put into practice what the coach wants".

Nigeria qualified for next year's World Cup from a tough group that included African champions Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia with a game to spare.

As Nigeria get set to take on Argentina in an international friendly match later today in Russia, former Super Eagles stars, Mutiu Adepoju and Emmanuel Amuneke have called on the team to make the most of the encounter.

Lionel Messi withdrew from this game but Sampaoli still has big names he can call on in place of the Barcelona ace.

Former Golden Eaglets Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that Deportivo La Coruna of Spain goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is a good goalkeeper and is one for the future for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

I will definitely give my best in order to remain a part of this team.

"For me, the Argentines are beatable because records are meant to be broken".

Messi played the full duration of the first match in Moscow on Saturday as a late Sergio Aguero goal secured a 1-0 win over Russia at the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium.

Messi was also stated he was happy with the Albiceleste's result against Russia, but insisted that the team needs to keep improving.

They have always been a torn in the flesh for Nigeria but I believe we can shock them this time round.

"It shows that we have become stronger, our style of play has changed, we have achieved a number of successes". Messi had earlier been ruled out of the game. Yes, and the fans in Krasnodar, too, probably insulting.

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