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Croatia Coach Dalic Wary Of “Fast And Powerful” Super Eagles, Admires Mikel

Croatia Coach Dalic Wary Of “Fast And Powerful” Super Eagles, Admires Mikel

By Adeboye Amosu:
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has described  the Super Eagles of Nigeria as powerful opponents and also insists that his team must get a win against the three-time African champions to harbour any hope of progressing beyond the group stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Croats will face the Super Eagles in their first Group D game at the Mundial at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16.
Two-time world champions Argentina and Iceland, who will be making their debut at the finals, are the other teams in the group.
Dalic also picked former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel as Nigeria’s most influential player.
“Nigeria’s is not a typical African team,they have Mikel as captain with young, fast and powerful players,” Dalic who was a defensive midfielder during his playing days stated in an interview with Sporske. jutarnji.hr.
“They are always lively and it will not be  easy to play against them. If we are to go through to the next round, then we have to beat them.”

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  • vincent Onuigwe 6 years ago


  • irabor kingsley 6 years ago


    • PhilipId 6 years ago

      No! The coach was not boasting, rather wary of Nigeria. On FIFA ranking, Nigeria is the weakest team in the group. However he doesn’t want his people to believe that Nigeria will be easy to beat. It will be a tough match which will decide who qualify in the group which also include Argentina and Iceland.

  • Edoman 6 years ago

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  • Ifeanyi 6 years ago

    No matter the mind games the Croatian coach is playing super eagle’s will beat them in the World Cup so he should go and prepare well. Whether you believe it or not we’re coming out from that group.

  • marcel chikwelu 6 years ago

    Mind you Mikel is not the only influential player in Nigeria national team. You have mosis simon,Victor mosis & Ighalo that will disturb u upfront.

  • Hey Super Eagles don’t worry Fifa rankings. Everybody knows that Fifa are cheating. I will encourage you guys to flog anyone that comes your way. Never pity anybody. Go ahead super Eagles.

  • Don’t worry about Fifa rankings

  • peter uchenna Nnaji 6 years ago

    we no dey eat fifa ranking,all we need na to flog team across our way 5-0 up to make them disorganised the more.thank God onyekuru is back and i pray he makes the final squad