Nigeria goalkeeper confident of stopping mercurial Argentina skipper in tonight's crunch clash
Porto Alegre: Nigeria’s talismanic keeper Vincent Enyeama is relishing the renewal of his rivalry with Argentina’s Lionel Messi in today’s closing World Cup Group H game where the African champions are aiming to seal qualification to the Last 16.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Iran. Pic/Getty Images.
Enyeama faced Messi at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where despite some notable saves the Argentines won 1-0.
Asked if he was anxious about the looming skirmish with the four time World Footballer of the Year the Lille shot-stopper replied: “To tell you the truth I’m never afraid of footballers. “Messi is one of the best players on the planet, but it’s not a game between him and me, it’s a game between Nigeria and Argentina. “Everybody knows he’s made a lot of progress since the last time we played against each other in 2010. Messi is a genius, one of the best footballers the world has produced, but tomorrow’s game is against Argentina, not just him.”
After an opening goalless draw against Iran and a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina the Super Eagles are assured of taking the runners-up spot behind already qualified Argentina if they come away from the game at Porto Alegre’s Beira-Rio Stadium with a draw, irrespective of how their rivals for second spot, Iran, fare against Bosnia.