"Argentina again?" Two African nations in groups of death and more

Nigerians rejoiced as the Super Eagles of Nigeria were drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia, and favorite rival, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to be held in Russian Federation.

Given the number of times both nations have met, it could be argued that Nigeria should now understand better how to prepare for and prosecute a World Cup game against La Albiceleste.

Nigeria's other win over the two-time world champions was also in a friendly - 4-1 in Abuja in June 2011.

After opening their campaign against Argentina in Moscow on June 16, Iceland will face Nigeria on June 22 in Volgograd and Croatia on June 26 in Rostov-on-Don.

One of the upstart teams in next year's World Cup drew a tough first match in Friday's draw. The question is why do we have Argentina always in our group in every world cup?

A cross-section of football fans who spoke at the Abuja National Stadium said in spite of the Super Eagles being drawn against Argentina, the draw was fair enough. This game will be more hard than the friendly game we won, Messi will be available now.

"You can't have a better welcome, " Hallgrimsson said, acknowledging that "there are a lot of romantic things in our heads now we start to play Argentina". We hope we keep on making people happy. "But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said. Morocco will have their work cut out against Cristiano Ronaldo and company, as well as 2010 World Champions Spain.

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"However, whatever group we are in, we need to progress".

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia".

Federation Internationale de Football Association conducted the World Cup draw in Friday, not only setting groups, matchups and schedules but also creating a number of intriguing storylines.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic is relishing a World Cup showdown with Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

Speaking on the strongest team in Group D Argentina, Dalic said: "I wanted to avoid Argentina, namely the two, three strong teams".

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