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Lagerbäck: Nigeria can beat anyone

AFP/The Local · 3 Jun 2010, 08:12

Published: 03 Jun 2010 08:12 GMT+02:00

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"If we give 100 percent we can beat any team," the experienced Swede said after landing in this Indian Ocean city where the 'Super Eagles' will plot the downfall of Group B rivals Argentina, Greece and South Korea.

Pundits expect twice world champions Argentina, led by national legend Diego Maradona, to top the group with the race for the other place in the knockout second round wide open.

But Lagerbäck struck an upbeat note:

"The 'Super Eagles' are ready to take on the best in the world and we know there are high expectations, especially from our supporters."

"It has been wonderful since I took over. The attitude of the players has been great and we prepared well," said the coach who replaced Shaibu Amodu soon after Nigeria finished third at the African Nations Cup last January.

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Nigeria are scheduled to play a warm-up against World Cup rank outsiders North Korea in Tembisa east of Johannesburg on Sunday before facing Argentina on June 12 in their first group outing.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:52 June 3, 2010 by krow
Dream on Lagerbäck. LOL
13:49 June 3, 2010 by Atlas
Is this the New Nigerian Scam ;)
14:29 June 3, 2010 by PROUDLY NAIJA SUWE
Lagerback stop all this your dreamming,becos this what you promise before you took over from shauibu and for your information this is the WORST team NIGERIA has ever produce becos we NIGERIANS are not expecting any MIRACLE from you.
21:30 June 3, 2010 by bolababu
Keep dreaming Lagerbäck, i am Nigerian and not at all optimistic. Nigeria won't beat anyone even in your wildest dreams.

@Atlas, you need to grow up, ..have you heard about the American lady who was recently jailed for commiting fraud in Nigeria? ..or Stefan Albäck and family bostader in gothenburg? ..or your uncle who stole over 5 million sek from the red cross and cancer fund? ..those probably are Nigerian scams too as you would think in your little head.
23:11 June 3, 2010 by Texrusso
Go Super Eagles..... They always perform better when they go as underdogs.... This World cup will be full of suprises, so let keep our fings crossed.
23:52 June 3, 2010 by grantike
he said on his first statement that he has been following Nigerian football for a long time. the best players are not on the national team .am not sure of a single player he discovered going to world cup.what are Nigerians expecting anyways magic ha ha. Sweden is not going to world cup.will Sweden support Nigeria or ivory coast with Swedish coaches ?
04:07 June 4, 2010 by silly t
he's got a point...just watch...Nigeria would produce Africa's finest show
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