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Heinze: Argentina will punish Nigeria through Mikel

Heinze: Argentina will punish Nigeria through Mikel

Former Manchester United and Argentina defender, Gabriel Heinze is confident his country will not have a problem when they play Nigeria in their final World Cup group D match on June 26th.

Gabriel Heinze who is no stranger to the Super Eagles having played for Argentina against Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup and scoring the only goal of the match played at the Ellis Park, Johannesburg, said Nigeria’s weakness will be exploited by the Albiceleste.

The Velez Sarsfield head coach highlighted John Mikel Obi who is the most important player in the team as the weak link in the Super Eagles because ‘he tends to slow the ball down’ according to him.

“The Nigerian team isn’t the same anymore. In the middle, their most important player is the captain but he tends to slow them down, something Argentina could use to their advantage,” he told reporter while reviewing the group.

The former Real Madrid defender, however, picked Nigeria as the other team to qualify alongside Argentina from the group while not totally ruling out Croatia from making it from the group.

“Maybe Nigeria will qualify alongside Argentina from group D but Croatia are also in with a shout.

“You expect African teams to be difficult customers and Nigeria from past meetings are not to be written off easily.”

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play their first World Cup game this Saturday when they tackle Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium by 8 pm Nigerian time.

By: Tope Adefala

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