- Ikechukwu Enzewa believes he can stop Messi from scoring against Nigeria
- The Super Eagles number one said he knows he carries the hopes of the nation
- Gernot Rohr's side will take on Argentina in their last Group D match
Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has boasted he would stop Lionel Messi when Nigeria and Argentina clash at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The Enyimba number one could emerge Gernot Rohr's first choice when the Nigerian team face the Messi-led Argentina in their last group match.
The 29-year-old shot stopper who became number one when Carl Ikeme went through Chemotherapy told the BBC the responsibilities that lies ahead of him.
"I know I'm carrying 180 million people on my shoulder and i have to stop him.
"And for me to stop him makes me a special one in that game because I think once i stop it, the whole 180 million Nigerians will jubilate for the victory," he said.
Nigeria will play Croatia and Iceland in their first two matches respectively when the tournament kicks off in June.
The Green and White men are currently preparing to take on the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt as 17 players have hit camp.
After the friendly match the 23-man final squad that will grace the World Cup will be announced by the German tactician.
Then the team will proceed to London to play England on June, 2, at the Wembley stadium and lock horns with the Czech Republic four days later.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the bonuses of the players will be paid before the DR Congo friendly on Monday, May, 28.
Also, the second string side were narrowly beaten by Europa League champions by 3-2 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo.
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