I’m Not Afraid of Lionel Messi – Ezenwa
Towards Russian 2018 World Cup, the confidence level of the Super Eagles players is growing by the day.
With the grade A performances of the Nigeria international in their various European clubs, there are indications that the team may surprise the likes of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland that are in the same group with Nigeria.
Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City scored for his club this weekend in English Premiership League.
Ognekaro Etebo of UD Las Palmas of Spain is not doing badly and Francis Uzoho who plays for Deportivo de La Coruña has kept 11 clean sheets.
Victor Moses of Chelsea has been regular in the blue shirt this season. Coach Gernot Rohr said that most of the players are doing well and would not only prove themselves but surpass group stage.
He said that the players would not fear Lionel Messi but respect him because he is one of the greatest footballers around now.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, the home-based goalkeeper invited by Rohr said he is not afraid of Messi. He told our correspondent that he would deny the five-time footballer of the year the chance to score against Nigeria if he has the opportunity to man the post during their last group match against South America.
Nigeria has lined up friendlies with Poland, Serbia, Democratic Republic of Congo and England as preparation for the world cup.