Super Eagles of Nigeria gaffer, Gernot Rohr has stated that his wards aren’t ready to fly past Croatia in their 2018 World Cup group D opener.
Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic on Wednesday in their final warm-up match before the World Cup in Russia.
Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
Nigeria also lost 2-1 to England at Wembley last weekend, while the Czechs – who failed to qualify for the World Cup – lost 4-0 to Australia in their previous friendly outing.
Coach Rohr after today’s loss to the Czech Republic was quoted by @NgSuperEagles: “We’ve 9 days to be ready for our 1st match vs Croatia.”
“As at today we are not ready.”
“I am not sad because of this result, the result that matters will be in Russia.”
Nigeria will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D in Russia.
Their opening game is against Croatia in Kaliningrad on 16 June.
Despite the defeat, there was some encouraging news for Nigeria as Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi – who had been out since April with a hamstring injury – started the game.