Emiliano Rigoni: Nigeria will be our threat at World Cup

Emiliano Rigoni: Nigeria will be our threat at World Cup
Zenit's Emiliano Rigoni (R) in action against Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski (L)

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jan 28, 2018. 15:00

Argentine midfielder Emiliano Rigoni has singled out the Super Eagles of Nigeria as their toughest opponent at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The two nations are in Group D and and will clash in the final group game at Saint Petersburg on June 26.

‎However, the Zenit St. Petersburg right-winger reckons it will be a different ball game in Russia, despite the fact that his side has a superior head-to-head record over the three-time African champions.


Rigoni came on as a substitute in their 4-2 loss against the Super Eagles in last November’s friendly in Krasnodar.

“In general, I think that there is no such group at the World Cup in Russia where you can definitely say who is the favourite, where exactly you know which teams will leave the group,” Rigoni told his club’s official website.

“This is not [as] all matches will be difficult. Separately, I would single out the game with Nigeria, which we have met a huge number of times in the past World Cups, and it has never been easy.

“It will not be easy this time, but we will come to this tournament with a clear desire to win all, not to lose a single match and win the title, so that no one to us and could not get close.”

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