A renowned soccer tactician from Argentina, Rodolfo Zapata has backed
Nigeria’s Super Eagles to stage a glorious outing at the World Cup and go on
to qualify with his country for the second round of the forthcoming global
championship in Brazil.
While inferring that Nigeria and Argentina will both defeat Group F foes,
Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in their respective first two matches of the
competition, Zapata predicted that it would end as a battle for positions
between both favourites in the pool.
The match between the Eagles and “Albicelestes” will be the fourth time both
sides will meet in the group stage of the World Cup, following previous
encounters at USA ’94, Korea/Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010, but while
many analysts believe this year’s game could end in a draw, Zapata holds a
He agrees that Nigeria and Argentina will both beat Iran and Bosnia, but
believes their June 26 clash in Porto Alegre will be explosive, as it would
be the determiner between which of both sides would end up first and second
in Group F.
The US (Argentinian born) tactician, fondly called Rolo, who has previously
coached in Nigeria, United States and South Africa, believes that both teams
will successfully navigate their path in Group F, but left it hanging over
which of them would top the classification.
“Nigeria and Argentina National Teams will qualify to the next stage in
Brazil 2014. Argentina and Super Eagles will play to decide which National
Team finish in first or second place,” Zapata said in an interview on
Argentine Radio Mitre.