Midfielder John Obi Mikel has called on the Super Eagles to give their all against Iceland or face leaving the World Cup early.
Friday’s meeting with the Europeans is a must-win for the 2013 African Cup of Nations champions after Saturday’s defeat to Croatia.
Mikel said that the squad will do whatever it takes to stay in the tournament.
“This team has character and this is certainly one of the most difficult times but we will give everything to make it happen,” Futbalgalore.com reports the midfielder as saying.
“Let’s go out and give everything and win, because it’s our only option. They will come out after us as well and will play, but we have to exploit their weaknesses.
“It’s life or death because otherwise we’ll be at home. This group can’t be taken for dead.”
The Eagles skipper added that he is sure the only way Nigeria can win is to stay true to their style, rather than rip it up and start again against Iceland.
“We know what’s at stake but there’s one way we play football. It’s characterised by possession but at this time we need to go out and attack and win against a brave opponent,” he continued.
“We have players to attack, score goals and control the game.”