Following a humiliating 3-0 Group D defeat at the hands of Croatia, legendary star and 1986 World Cup winner Diego Armando Maradona has asked to meet Argentina players before the Tuesday fixture.
The two-time World champions face off with the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday in the final pool D fixture; a tie they must win and pray that Iceland loses against Croatia is they are to advance to the round of 16 of the tournament.
Maradona, a Golden Ball winner in 1986 as Argentina were crown champions was extremely “furious and upset” after their defeat against Croatia and has criticized the Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia.
"It cost us too much to be where we are for Croatia to hit us for three goals and to leave with our arms crossed without putting a foot in," he said.
He also said he “would love” to meet Jorge Sampaoli’s players and would take several of his former team-mates with him.
"We're going to defend our honour," he told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.
"I'm furious and very upset inside because anyone who has worn that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain.
"But there is a guilty party and the culprit is the president of the AFA. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants.”
"I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia's part," he added.