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Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has lamented his team’s loss to Croatia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. 

The Eagles opened their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 loss to Croatia from an Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and a Luka Modric penalty at the Kaliningrad Stadium. 

Speaking to AOIFootball.com, Ndidi said that it was difficult accepting the loss

“It was very disappointing because we all knew how important that first game was and accepting the fact that we lost that game was very difficult. 

The midfielder, who plays in the English Premier League with former league champions, Leicester City, said playing the compact Croatian midfield comprising Modric and Rakitic was not a problem but that things did not just go the way they envisaged it. 

“It wasn’t a difficult game apart from the fact that we conceded goals from set-pieces and penalty; the game was okay. We tried our best to manage the game. It was a very good game with lots of experience and intensity. We tried our best,” Ndidi said.

With a lot of Nigerians venting their disappointment on the social media, Ndidi stated that he does not need Nigerians’ reaction to be motivated to win. 

“The fact that we are the ones playing the match, we are Nigerians ourselves and we are also disappointed with the result. I understand the fact that everyone is disappointed but we just try to manage the situation and move forward to the next game against Iceland on Friday, which is very important also,” Ndidi concluded. 

Nigeria will play Iceland in the second group game at Volgograd Arena. 

Iceland held former World Cup champions Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their opening game. 

However, Ndidi believes the Super Eagles need to do better and give their all. 

“For me, I think we can do better and I think if we give everything in the next game we can achieve something out of it”.

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