Etafia says Nigeria can not afford to lose against Croatia

Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi

Nigeria begin a tricky Group D campaign against Croatia on Saturday, with clashes with Argentina and Iceland to come. Although at least if the team do get knocked out early they can blame it on the chickens - or the lack thereof.

How can Nigeria neutralise Croatia's strengths?

Nigeria have a proud World Cup record‚ with this their sixth appearance at a finals‚ second only to Cameroon‚ with seven‚ as the most from Africa. "So whoever can get three points in the game between them will be crucial".

Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has praised the support of local fans opposed to racism incidents while he based in Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup, he's been in Russian Federation for the World Cup.

"And don't forget Wilfred Ndidi‚ the midfielder from Leicester City".

It might also be wise to give Ndidi a man-marking brief on Modric.

Blessed with enough talented midfielders to feed a small village - or at least an El Clasico or a Milan derby - there are some who see this Croatia side as the surprise package of this summer's tournament.

As a result, Croatia will need to beat Nigeria in their opening fixture to keep their hopes of advancement from Group D alive.

Worryingly for Rohr, there aren't too many glaring weaknesses about this Croatia side heading into the tournament, with most of the pre-tournament worries having focused on their internal strife.

How do I watch online live streaming of the World Cup 2018 Croatia vs Nigeria match? Four years ago in Brazil, the Super Eagles played their first game against Iran in Curitiba, a frustrating game which failed to produce any goals.

Dejan Lovren endured several high-profile lapses at Liverpool this season, and is capable of an error or two.

Onazi declared: "This is the most important game we will play at the World Cup because we wish to take it a game at a time". That's because they've been banned from the ground by local authorities.

Latest News