How will Nigeria fare in World Cup Group D?

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Nigeria's Super Eagles have drawn Argentina once again in the World Cup, the fifth time since 1994.

Nigeria first played against their arch-nemesis Argentina back in the 1994 World Cup.

Legendary Diego Maradona, who led his country to win the 1986 World Cup and also coached them at the 2010 event, was very much aware of their struggles and admitted they will have to step up their game if they hope to emerge from Group D. Since then they have met again at the group stage at three other times in 2002, 2010, 2014.

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That same encounter also saw Lionel Messi score a brace to help Argentina finish top of Group F with three wins from three games.

Iceland made history by becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the Mundial earlier this year, and they've already shown what they are capable of in the big tournaments by eliminating England in last year's European championship. So when we faced them at the World Cup, they'll be stronger with him playing.

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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.

Meanwhile, in the Super Eagles players' reactions, defender Leon Balogun was the first to take to his Twitter handle to express his opinion on the draw.

"This is because it could have been worse like the Morocco situation where the Africans have been pitted against the likes of Euro champions Portugal and Spain".

In group G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England were merged to battle it out also.

Perhaps with the exception of Vincent Enyeama; knowing how well he has performed against Lionel Messi at the 2010 and 2014 meets, nearly being singularly responsible for keeping the score margins at not more than one goal deficits, should he be recalled to the squad? The quality of the opposition awaiting the Super Eagles next year should require that every single one of the 23 who eventually makes the plane would be there on form and fitness, ability and, to a lesser extent, contribution to the qualifying campaign.

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