Maradona: Argentina cannot afford to play badly against Nigeria

Maradona: Argentina cannot afford to play badly against Nigeria
Draw assistant, former Argentine international Diego Maradona (L) attends the Final Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 01 December 2017. The FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place from 14 June until 15 July 2018 in Russia. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 10:00

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says that La Albiceleste have a feasible challenge in their 2018 FIFA World Cup group.

The South American giants were pitted against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D on Friday.

Nigeria recently stunned Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Russia, the host nation of next's tournament.

Maradona, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all-time, reflected on the draw.

''It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams," Maradona said.

"Argentina have to step up their game," the retired attacker was speaking after draw.

"They can not play as badly as they are doing."

Nigeria's first Group D game will be against Croatia on 16 June 2018, while Argentina will face Iceland on the same day.

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