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Photos of the 24-year soccer rivalry between Nigeria and Argentina

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When Nigeria takes on Argentina in Saint Petersburg, Russia tonight (June 26) there will be a feel of déjà vu about the game.


Both teams will be facing off for the fifth time at the soccer World Cup. The meeting is one for the record books as it becomes the most played fixture involving an African team at the World Cup. Nigeria has previously faced Argentina in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014. Each previous meeting occurred during the group stages but produced the same result: an Argentina win.


In 1994, as debutants at the World Cup, Nigeria fell to a 2-1 loss despite taking an early lead. The tournament is fondly remembered as Nigeria’s coming out party in global soccer as, despite that loss, Nigeria finished as group winners in the first round.

Both countries next faced each other eight years later in the 2002 World Cup. This time, a lone goal by Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s second highest ever goalscorer, was enough to seal another Argentina victory.

In 2010, during the first World Cup to be hosted by an African country, more familiar surroundings did not prove to be an advantage for Nigeria. An Argentina team coached by legendary soccer star Diego Maradona (he played against Nigeria in 1994) picked up another slim 1-0 win.

The 2014 World Cup produced possibly Nigeria’s best performance against Argentina. Despite losing yet again, Nigeria scored twice in a five-goal thriller with Ahmed Musa scoring a brace. After scoring twice against Iceland during this year’s World Cup, Musa is now Nigeria all-time scorer at the World Cup.

Something to smile about in 2014.

Many Nigerians fancy their chances this time though. After a morale-boosting win against Iceland in their second group game in Russia, a draw against Argentina will likely confirm Nigeria’s progress to the second round. In contrast, Argentina have been lackluster at this year’s tournament despite parading some of the world’s best players including Lionel Messi, the five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or. A shock loss against Croatia has left Argentina bottom of the group and facing a group stage exit for the first time since 2002.
While they have not yet tasted success against Argentina at the World Cup, Nigerians have found significant success against the South Americans elsewhere: in one of the country’s most cherished soccer moments, in 1996, Nigeria defeated Argentina in the final to become the first African nation to win Olympic gold in the soccer event.

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In Pictures : President Buhari Meets with Vice President Prof Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola saraki and some State Governors.

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PHOTOS: President Buhari today at the State House met with Vice President Prof Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola saraki and some State Governors. #AsoVillaToday

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Congratulations Hills and Wills Nwokedi on your academic achievements! Good luck in secondary school this September xxx From Mum & Dad

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Video: ‘I choreographed This is America, and this is my story’

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Meet 23-year-old Sherrie Silver, who masterminded the dance choreography on Childish Gambino’s This is America.
Sherrie talks to the BBC about coming to the UK from Rwanda, developing her interest in dance, and why Africa is still so important to her.

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Photonews : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amosun, Osoba, Dangote at Burial of Pastor Bakare’s mum

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Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Osinbajo, Bakare and his wife

The funeral service of Madam Abigail Ebudola Bakare, mother of Pastor Tunde Bakare took place in Abeokuta today, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, leading dignitaries to the event.

Osoba, Olufunso Amosun, Amosun, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Dangote, Segun Awolowo

Amosun, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Dangote

 

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Davido Wins Award for Best International Act for Nigeria! | BET Awards 2018

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Davido be like: I wanna talk about Africa: Maaaannnn Come eat the Food 😂😂😂😂 👑 King Speech… Proud of him and Our Africans artists…

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AmnestyNigeria joined Nigerian activists at the #NigeriaMourns gathering in remembrance of victims of violent killings across the country.

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PHOTO : Ezekwesili in solo protest to Presidential Villa over Plateau killings

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Why football is the pulse of Nigeria

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Ahead of Nigeria’s World Cup game tonight against Argentina, film-maker Andrew Dosunmu collaborated with Nike to bring a video that captures the power that football has on Nigeria as a nation.
Football in Nigeria is said to be the pulse of the country, played anywhere, everywhere and at any time – from street corners to markets to clubs. The passion is visible from the second you step foot in Nigeria and this is what Andrew Dosunmu captured.
The video features conversations with Segun Odegbami, a player from the 1980 Nigerian Africa Cup team, and current Super Eagle players Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi, to give a real insight into what football really means in Nigeria.

See below to see the full video and exclusive images.

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Photos: Osinbajo receives Lord Mayor of London

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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Tuesday received the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charlse Bowman who led a delegation of business and investment interests from the United Kingdom.

Osinbajo and British High Commissioner in Nigeria

Osinbajo with Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charlse Bowman (1st left); Mr Paul Arkwright, Bristish High Commissioner to Nigeria (2nd left); Min. of Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Okey Enelamah (1st right); Min. of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (2nd right) and other members of the delegation.

British High Commissioner in Nigeria Paul Arkwright and the Ministers of Finance & Industry Trade & Investment were also at the meeting. Photos by NOVO ISIORO

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