In less than fifteen minutes, the Super Eagles will square off against Iceland in Volgograd, Russia.
The Super Eagles need an outright win with at least two goals.
The Nigerians lost their first match against group leaders Croatia 2-0 on Saturday, while Iceland forced Argentina to a 1-1 draw on the same day.
So much is expected of the Eagles – only a big win would suffice as group D continues to take shape.
That is the same message coming from ex-Internationals.
“The group is now open with Croatia beating Argentina so it is now a must-win for the Super Eagles against Iceland,” says Mutiu Adepoju, who played at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups respectively.
“In their last game against Croatia they didn’t give their best but now they must go all out.
“We have excellent players who can do the job but they must turn up. They must match Iceland strength for strength and work more than the Iceland team.”
Former defensive midfielder and one-time Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh believes total support for the team ahead of today’s (Friday) crucial Group D clash against Iceland at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd is crucial.
“I implore you, If there is ever a time when we all have to come together ,pray and support the super eagles, it is today vs Iceland,” Oliseh noted.
“I believe our boys will win, they need our full backing & prayers. With Argentina faltering,a win could just usher us the path to the 2nd round.”
Former skipper Kanu Nwankwo took it a step further.
He visited the players at their hotel in Volgograd where he insisted that they must come out firing against the Icelandic side noted to have the tallest players at the mundial.
I came to do my part and bring up the spirit of our team and encourage them. at Super Eagles hotel for some morale boosting effect ahead of Iceland game! caused a little commotion hahahahaha #Russia2018 #WorldCupCoverage @l @city1051 @aiteofootball pic.twitter.com/icC4BCEfoi
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) June 21, 2018
The Eagles have a task ahead of them.
It is possible.
GO FOR GOALS!