New Super Eagles invitees Francis Uzoho and Brian Idowu have expressed their gratitude at the opportunity to play for Nigeria and declared their readiness for Tuesday's friendly global against Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia.
Nigeria qualified for next year's World Cup from a tough group that included African champions Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia with a game to spare.
Coach Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles will not change their tactics in today's friendly against Argentina simply because super star Lionel Messi will not play the game.
"It turned out that we were looking for who would play the second match".
"We have a game plan, which does not depend on him".
-Eagles to play with a three-man defence against Argentina.
Mikel obi was rested for Friday's world cup qualifier in Algeria. "I want to do well for Nigeria and repay the faith they have in me", he said from the national team's camp in Krasnodar.
The South Americans have been hugely inconsistent in the past 12 months and have appeared short of inspiration during Messi's absences.
The Coach Genort Rohr-tutored side are keen to halt the dominance of the Argentines and they are ready to match them pound for pound.