2018 FIFA WC: Super Eagles promise to salvage African pride on Saturday

Kaliningrad (Russia) , (PANA) - Promising to salvage some pride for Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles’ head
coach, Gernot Rohr, and captain John Mikel Obi, say the Nigerian team is capable of delivering on its promise on Saturday against Croatia.

The Nigerian side will face Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in their opening Group D match, needing a win for a bright start.

This will be against the backdrop of disappointing opening match losses by fellow African sides, Egypt and Morocco, on Friday.

Egypt lost their opening Group A match at Ekaterinburg 1-0 to Uruguay, following an 89th-minute goal by Jose Gimenez.

Morocco followed in that fashion hours later with a 1-0 loss to Iran at St. Petersburg in Group B, falling to an own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz in the 95th minute.

Rohr, who earlier in the day addressed the media before the team’s training session, said he is sure that his team is in good shape to get a good result.

“We know the importance of getting a good result. It is important that we set out well, and we have been doing our best to be in good condition.

“Now that we are here and close to the hour, the players are in the right mood and ready for Croatia. We will do what is necessary,’’ he promised.

Rohr assured that injuries are not the team’s worries at the moment, but how to get it right during the game.

Team Captain John Mikel Obi equally assured that his teammates are ready to go against the Croats.

He said: “As a team, we have done all that is needed, training and getting fit. Tte players are also ready to do the job on the pitch as expected.

“I can assure Nigerians and all our other fans worldwide that we will do our best and ensure we do not disappoint them."

Africa’s two other representatives at the 2018 World Cup — Tunisia and Senegal — will join the fray on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Tunisia take on England at Volgograd in Group G, while Senegal face Poland in Group H at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
-0- PANA VAO 15June2018

15 june 2018 20:30:40

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