Former Super Eagles’ star, Mutiu Adepoju has expressed confidence in the ability of Nigeria getting a very positive result when they confront Croatia in their opening Group D fixture at ongoing World Cup in Russia, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former Racing Santander midfielder, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively on Friday morning, urged Coach Gernot Rohr to try and get his tactics right or risk being blown out in the opening minutes of the encounter.
“For me, it won’t be an easy game for both sides; on paper, Croatia are favourites because of the array of stars they possess but I believe in the ability of our boys and I’m confident that with the right approach we can get at least something from the game, but we must avoid defeat.
“Honestly, we have to get our tactics right on the spot because if you watch our game against England, especially in the first half, we were exposed and could have been blown apart by a more clinical side,” Adepoju said.
When asked if the country could win the World Cup, following predictions from some quarters, the former Real Madrid player said that this year’s world cup is too soon for Nigeria and that a semifinal target can be achieved if the Eagles play as a team.