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Best Friends - Okafor and Vargas: "I want to be on the field at the start of the World Cup" - Sports

Best Friends – Okafor and Vargas: “I want to be on the field at the start of the World Cup” – Sports


The two guys get along perfectly on and off the field. During their time at the training camp in Marbella, they revealed more about themselves.

The Swiss national team is currently preparing for its first two matches of 2022 in Marbella, Spain. After the last football year, which culminated in the participation of the quarter-finalists of the European Championship qualifiers against France, the national team now wants to take the momentum in the World Cup.

Big hurdle in the beginning

In the first test, the vice-champion of Europe awaits England, who failed at home at Wembley on penalties against Italy. Ironically, as the “Squadra Azzurra” won the European Championship, the Swiss team will now be present at the start.

The two young men, Noah Okafor and Robin Vargas, also participated in the test matches against the “Three Lions” and Kosovo. They are 21 and 23 and don’t get along well only on the pitch. Because even if Okafor plays for Austrian Croesus Salzburg, while Vargas plays for FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga, the duo often have contact with each other.

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You can see the performance of the Swiss national football team at the beginning of the World Cup year live on SRF Zwei and in the sports app as follows:

  • Saturday March 26th at 6:00 PM: England – Switzerland
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 5:30 pm: Switzerland – Kosovo

For example, they have already spent their vacation together. Vargas suggests the USA as the next travel destination, and Okafor will also invite his teammates to the national team to their second home, Nigeria. Planning then should be “definitely spontaneous” – but in any case it should be cozy. However, the break for the two Pros shouldn’t last long, Vargas admits with a smile: “I was glad I was able to get some distance again after this week.”

Consultants and assistants

The two agree, however, when it comes to career destinations. Even if Vargas, the Bundesliga player, does not want to get involved in the career of his colleague, they often talk about the Bundesliga. “It’s a very good league and it’s fun to play in stadiums like this,” the Lucerne native praised. Okafor is grateful for Vargas’ advice: “It’s good to know someone from the league that you wish you could reach yourself.”

They also pursue a common dream with the national team: “We want to be on the pitch at the start of the World Cup.” On the other hand, the two leave open who plays the decisive pass and who makes Switzerland cheer next. “He’d better help me first and then I’ll return the favor immediately,” Okafor says with a laugh, already making Switzerland dream about the next event on the big stage.