But the Super Eagles, who appeared determined fought back brilliantly and in the 45th minute Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho opened Nigeria's fightback with a curling freekick that beat the Argentine's goalkeeper.
Nigeria national football team players pose prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017.
The victory, earned at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium in Russian Federation, has bolstered the team's confidence as they kick off preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"His suggestion will be tabled at the CAF Executive Committee meeting very soon and we hope they approve it so that we can play a friendly match in March".
" It's good victory for us but it doesn't mean we've become favorites to win the World Cup".
Speaking after the game also, Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi spoke on why the team had a shaky start and how the coach boosted their confidence at halftime. Was he overwhelmed playing against a South American power-house?
Ndidi ( 6/10) - Added value to the middle very well and nearly got a goal from one of his stray up front. Just as Algeria coach, Rabah Madjer pointed him out as the most lethal in the Eagles forward line, the Arsenal player scored two attractive goals and was constantly a threat to the Argentines each time he had the ball in his legs.