Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that despite his love for Lionel Messi as a player, he will be defending the colours of Nigeria when they face Argentina in a Group D clash on Tuesday.
A win or a draw for Rohr’s men in St. Petersburg will see them qualify for the round of 16 and send Messi and co home.
“We love this great player, Messi, everybody loves him.
“The question is not if it is the last World Cup for him or not, the question is for us to be qualified.
“We are not here to watch him play. We are here to make a result, we are professionals.
“We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity, everybody wants to win and we cannot make any gifts even if we like very much this player,” Rohr told the media on Monday.