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Argentina National Team, as Nigeria, is in a transition stage.

By Ifeanyi Abanum
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The Super Eagles battle the Argentina National Team in anything but a friendly on September 6 in Bangladesh. After the Argies poor showing at the Copa America, the Argentina Federation appointed Alejandro Sabella as the new helmsman.

Sunshine Stars gaffer Rolo Zapata is one of the most experienced coaches in Nigeria. He said: ''Alejandro Sabella is a scientific manager. No one knows his initial line-up and tactics. Argentina National Team, as Nigeria, is in a transition stage. Sabella will be the fifth coach for Argentina in 5 years. This is a very strange situation in my country, as each Head Coach stays a minimum of four years in the position of Technical Director".

Rodolfo Zapata, who is an expert on South American football, explains to what to expect when both nations clash for the third time in fourteen months: ''Nigeria gave a master class of football to Argentina in Abuja. But we must consider that Argentina did with their real lineup, as they fielded a C Team. Next test-match will be a different story. Argentine will attack the Super Eagles from the kickoff, without mercy. Nigeria should play with the same attitude, and not as they did in South Africa. To succeed on any competitive battlefield, you must seize the initiative".

The American with Argentinian roots has coaching experience in Nigeria, Canada, USA and Argentina said: ''Super Eagles must always be attacking, continually innovating in new and better ways. All great victories are the result of surprise, of doing something completely different from what the opponent expected.'' Recall that Nigeria beat Argentina mercilessly 4-1 in an international friendly in June. Three months later, it's going to be a different ball game.