Former Super Eagles midfielder Garba Lawal has urged Gernot Rohr to field the best set of players when they clash with Argentina in a friendly on November 14 ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Lawal exclusively told sportstalkafrica.com that this kind of quality international friendly is good for the Nigerian national side because it will give Rohr a clear idea of what to expect at the Mundial.
Noting that Argentina is a team of world class players, he said playing them will help Rohr identify areas of weakness in the team with a view to plugging loopholes.
“It’s always good to play a world class team and you must use your best players because if they beat you, you will have the time to fully access your team before the major tournament.
“The coach knows the team more than anybody, so he must approach the game with all seriousness because it’s really going to be a tough match that will show the strength and weakness of our team,” Lawal said.
Judging from his experience, playing against the Argentines at the 2002 World Cup, he advised the team to maintain 100% concentration all through the game to avoid mistakes that can be costly.
“The Argentines are really good and our boys must be fully aware of that, if not they will be punished. At the World Cup in Korea, we did very well against them because we made sure we limited their abilities by marking them closely and avoiding mistakes. So, I believe if our players do their jobs and play as a team, we will get a good result.
“This is the kind of quality games we should be playing before the World Cup starts and I believe before the start of the World Cup we would have a strong team that can represent this country very well,” he concluded.