Super Eagles Captain, Jon Obi Mikel has reaffirmed his confidence in the team’s ability to progress to the World Cup knockout stage, irrespective of the 2-0 defeat the it suffered in the hands of the Croatians on Saturday.
Mikel stated that the Super Eagles needs to go back to the drawing board as he still believes the Eagles can progress from its group.
Speaking on the defeat, former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, said Nigeria’s loss to Croatia was because the team did not have a creative midfielder. He commends the player, saying that Mikel Obi has been a great servant but thinks his best position is sitting in front of the back four. “We saw him play as a defensive midfielder in Chelsea and he did so well.”, he said.
Okocha also stated that playing Alex Iwobi as a winger instead of a midfielder reduced his performance during the game. “Iwobi can play from the wings in Arsenal because there is a Mesut Ozil who brings creativity,” he said. “I think the only reason we lost this game is that our players played in the wrong positions and we didn’t get the best out of them.”
Many Nigerians did not expect Nigeria to make it out of the group stage but that did not make the Croatia defeat any less painful.
An own-goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric secured the points for Croatia from a turgid contest in Kaliningrad on Saturday, without Nigeria ever looking likely of mounting a comeback.