–Former Nigeria captain warns against underrating group opponents
Former Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh has warned the Super Eagles not to underrate group F opponents and debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Cup in Brazil.
Commenting on his blog, Sunday Oliseh.tv, the 1994 and 1998 World Cup midfielder stated that the Eastern European team boast some of the best players who will grace this year’s World Cup.
“This (Bosnia-Herzegovina) is the most underrated team of the World Cup and many fail to accept consciousness that they qualified as group winners and have probably the most promising players in any third world qualifier first timers on show this edition,” the ex-Super Eagles captain wrote. “Dzeko, Pjanic, Bergovic, Lulic, Spahic, Salihovic, Ibisevic: these are players who play week in week out at the highest level in European top leagues.
“Though it is their first ever appearance in a World Cup, the team is packed with European household names, technical players amongst them, players that are established goal scorers and used to winning titles.”
Bosnia defeated fellow World Cup campaigners Mexico 1-0 on Tuesday thanks to a Izet Hajrovic strike, days after a Dzeko double sank Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in another friendly.
They will open their account in Brazil against Argentina, take on the Super Eagles in their next game before rounding off with Iran.