Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr is feeling confident leading up to the match against Croatia in Kaliningrad.
The three-time African champions will look to open their Group D campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win when they face the Blades at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday, June 16, kick-off is 8pm Nigerian Time.
Nigeria were arguably Africa’s most impressive team through the qualification tournament for Russia 2018, but their warm-up results have been less than inspiring: they drew 1-1 at home to DR Congo in late May before suffering defeats to England (1-2) and the Czech Republic (0-1) in their last two matches.
Despite their stuttering form in the lead-up to the tournament, coach Gernot Rohr has expressed confidence in his side’s ability to compete in what will be a very testing match.
“Croatia are favourites in this game, we are supposed to finish bottom of the group going by our FIFA Rankings,” Rohr said.
“It will a big team with stars against a young team with good collective (play).
“But we’re ambitious.”