Monday, June 25, 2018 11:36 pm
Super Eagles defender Bryan Idowu on Monday assured that the team would have zero tolerance for mistakes in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D match against Argentina on Tuesday.
The Russian-born Idowu, who said he was excited about playing against Argentina, told a pre-match press conference in St. Petersburg that he was ready to help Nigeria advance.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria need not to lose against the South Americans to qualify for the second round of the competition.
“We are not going to commit fouls or commit any form of infringement, even though we are going to be aggressive.We will have a zero tolerance for mistakes.
“I am going to play out my heart, if I am picked to play. I will give back to Nigeria as my country of origin by contributing my quota in the game,’’ Idowu said.
NAN reports that Idowu, who was born in Russia, had visited his parents on Sunday evening after the Super Eagles arrived in St. Petersburg from their Essentuki camp base.
“It is a wonderful coincidence that I will be playing before my people.
“I know the match is important for both sides. So, good football should be expected as both sides need the match to move to the next stage,’’ Idowu said.
The full-back said the fact that all previous encounters between both sides at the World Cup had gone in favour of Argentina would weigh against Nigeria.
“It does not put any extra pressure on the Super Eagles.
“The team has remained focused on our game plan and we are even not bothered about the reported uneasy calm in the opponents’ camp.’’
Idowu acknowledged that some features of the last friendly game with Argentina, where he scored his first goal on his debut for the Eagles, was going to play out.
But he quickly cautioned that the game was a long time away from now.
“The match was played here in Russia in November 2017 and a lot of changes have taken place in the two teams since then,” he said