Nigeria/Argentina Int Friendly: Rohr Expresses Displeasure Over Messi Absence

Nigeria/Argentina Int Friendly: Rohr Expresses Displeasure Over Messi Absence

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Lionel Messi...Argentina's pointsman...
Lionel Messi...Argentina's pointsman...

Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr said it would be interesting to play against Argentine skipper, Lionel Messi but expressed regret that the forward will not be able to participate in the international friendly.

Speaking to the Russian press before Nigeria’s friendly against Argentina on Tuesday, Rohr said the absent of the Barcelona striker would not affect the Game plan of his team in the encounter.

The Argentina skipper flew to Barcelona immediately after his country’s friendly against Russia on Saturday; therefore, he will not make the match day squad against the Super Eagles.

”The lack of Messi is not a plus or a minus for us in purely football terms,” ​​Rohr said to Sport Express.

”We have a game plan, which does not depend on him. Although, of course, to play against him would be interesting.  Yes, and the fans in Krasnodar, too, probably insulting.

”But the Argentines can be understood, they want to save their captain”.

Messi has featured three times for the Argentine side in matches against the Super Eagles, scoring two goals while providing two assists.

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