Nigeria's attacker injured, ruled out of World Cup

Ruben Hill
May 27, 2018

Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic has tagged the Super Eagles as the most risky team in the group D match up of the FIFA World Cup tournament starting in Russian Federation next month.

Iwobi scored his first goal for the Eagles as Nigeria beat hosts Zambia 2-1 to open their Group B African qualifiers for Russian Federation 2018 on a winning note.

The pair, who are now in the Super Eagles camp preparing for the forthcoming worldwide friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt on Monday, took time out to extend their generosity to the children at the home. Mikel noted that he was happy with the "underdog" status of the team in their group D pairing featuring Croatia, Iceland and Argentina. "This is going to be the toughest game for us".

According to China Super League side, Tianjin TEDA midfielder, "We've got a blend of experience and a young squad playing without fear but with passion, which is good for us on the road to Russian Federation".

"It takes the pressure off the shoulders of our young squad and we can go about our World Cup with humility, which is perfectly fine".

Carl Ikeme, who is now recovering from illness, played in the second round of the African World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland and was in goal when Nigeria beat Zambia away in their first game of the third round.

"I can't make everyone happy but the World Cup is not the time or place for sweeping changes".

The 22-year-old, who arrived the Eagles camp in Uyo on Monday aboard a Peace Airline accompanied by his father, Chuka, described the departure of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, as "depressing".

"The fact that he's going is depressing; he gave me confidence to become who I am today", Iwobi added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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