Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr will likely make four changes for the clash with 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina.
Nigeria senior national team had the opportunity of posing with the Fifa World Cup trophy ahead of Tuesday's friendly encounter Argentina. Last time out, Nigeria lost 2-3 to Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Messi was certainly the star name for the friendly in Krasnodar, but the Barcelona maverick has returned to his club after the victory against Russian Federation.
"We have a game plan, which does not depend on him".
Rohr, in a statement on the NFF website, said NFF's professional approach to the team's preparations for all their six qualifiers played a pivotal role in the team's success.
Nigeria come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Algeria in their last World Cup qualifying - a game that they did not need to win, having already booked their place in Russian Federation next summer. This will be their first game against a non-African side since they played Luxembourg in May a year ago.
Argentina have the edge with five wins, one loss and one draw against the three-time African champions.
Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles media officer, who said this in an interview on Monday, noted that Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President, has raised the possibility of moving the Nation Cup qualifiers from March so that World Cup bound teams could use the window to ideal their preparations.