Despite having to deal with the scorching heat at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson feels his teammates have already gotten used to the unbearable condition.
Iceland will continue their World Cup campaign with a tricky tie against Nigeria at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.
With the game getting started at 4pm, there are concerns that the game might favour the Africans. But Gunnarsson was keen to dispel it.
“I felt it in the squad that they had already gotten used to the heat after warm-up,” captain Aron Gunnarsson said after the press conference on Thursday.
“It’s [the heat] of course an energy sapper, but we’ll regain our energy today. Eat well, because it’s gonna be tough. We know how strong the Nigerians are.”
Meanwhile, the Icelandic players showed a beautiful gesture to Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is away from the World Cup and has been fighting against leukaemia.
“The gesture comes from the squad and obviously Bodvarsson who used to play with him at Wolverhampton,” captain Gunnarsson said.