Nigeria vs Iceland: Super Eagles land in Volgograd, set to battle

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have arrived in the southern Russia town of Volgograd ahead of Friday’s must-win FIFA World Cup Group D encounter against Iceland.

A statement from the spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire read that they flew from their Essentuki base on Thursday morning and were settled in their Hampton-by-Hilton Volgograd Hotel a little after 1pm.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that focus has been on the encounter with the Euro 2016 quarter finalists since Eagles’ loss to Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday.

Victory against the feisty Scandinavians will renew hope for a place in the knockout rounds while defeat would mean early and unflattering elimination from the quadrennial showpiece.

The statement quoted Coach Gernot Rohr as saying that he had been drawn to a plethora of suggestions in the media space on best formations, patterns and appropriate player-position-cum-strength postulations following the reverse against Croatia.

“We have watched the game against Croatia again to see our mistakes so that we can correct them.

”It will be a tough game, because we have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending especially from set-pieces.

“We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game and I believe with hard work we can get a good result.

”In truth, there is no need to add to the pressure we have now. More pressure on the team will not necessarily translate to better results,” Rohr was quoted as saying.

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