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Etafia says Nigeria can not afford to lose against Croatia

16 June, 2018, 15:50 | Author: John Swanson
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"We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries".

"That victory (against Argentina) has shown us how to deal with the best".

Stricter control by German-born coach Gernot Rohr and a much more efficient administration are among the reasons for the change in approach, setting a platform for a strong World Cup challenge.

Zlatko Dalic's side will be targeting to get out of the group and will be aiming to get at least a point against Nigeria especially with the games against Argentina and Iceland coming up. It is not just about the results, but also about the appearance of the team.

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At 32, Real Madrid midfielder Modric - the shining Croatian light of his generation - could well be about to embark on his final World Cup.

The last four World Cup games involving Croatia have produced five red cards (3 for Croatia, 2 for the opponents).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Egypt had lost their opening Group A match at Ekaterinburg 0-1 to Uruguay, after an 89th minute goal by Jose Gimenez. The attitude that saw us through a tough African qualifying group is still there, and looking at the boys, I have confidence that we will achieve our first objective of getting through the group stage.

Croatia, however, arrive in Russian Federation with the sort of quality and experience throughout their lineup that should make them a threat to any team, marking them out as tournament dark horses.

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"We want to be Nigeria, we want to play our way and obviously we want to do that on Saturday".

"Nigeria of course are among the favourites", Mikel laughed.

The attacking force consists of Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), and Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai).

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