Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi claimed Bosnia-Herzegovina’s attacking mentality could suit his players when the two teams clash in Cuiaba tonight.
After starting their FIFA World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw with Iran, Nigeria will take on Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Arena Pantanal tonight with both teams looking for their first win of the tournament.
The Europeans lost 2-1 to Argentina in their first Group F match but could leapfrog Nigeria with a win in Cuiaba.
But Keshi is confident Bosnia-Herzegovina’s tendency to attack at all costs could suit Nigeria, even though the African champions have not won in six matches, hinting that negative defensive play from Iran was the reason for his side starting the World Cup with a scoreless draw.
“The goals were not coming (against Iran), and we had a lot of anxiety, which is part of the game,” the 52-year-old said.
“This is why we could not maintain our style of play and were trying to force the game in an attempt just to win.
“Saturday’s is a different game, playing a Bosnian team with a different mentality to Iran.”
The match against Iran was the third time in five fixtures that Nigeria have been held to a scoreless draw.
On June 3, Greece and Nigeria played 90 minutes without a goal, while in March it was Mexico that held Keshi’s team to 0-0.
Meanwhile the Super Eagles will not lack support when they play Bosnia tonight in Cuaiaba.
The Supporters Club which protested the FIFA ‘ban’ of their musical instruments, Completesportsnigeria.com scooped hit the road on Friday night for the 18 hour road trip venue of tonight’s game.
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