Nigeria Want to Prolong Stay At World Cup Base Says Rohr

Hope Soto
June 16, 2018

His side have been preparing for their clash with Nigeria, which gets underway on Saturday night - the last of four games on the day. "We had it in the qualifiers", he told a pre-match news conference.

"We have such a young team, maybe this World Cup is too soon for them. We have to control the game, that's our job". Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic singled out Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal, Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo, who now plays for Changchun Yatai in China. Coach Gernot Rohr says the defender has a 50-50 chance of appearing in the first game.

"We will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be [taken]", Ermak added. "We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries". The Guardian, based in Nigeria, all but gushed when it wrote, "This is another plus following the craze that the team's sexy home kits has caused as it went on sale worldwide this month", and "From head to toe, the Nigerian squad have indulged in their culture and clearly have no intention of blending in with the crowd [of] other nations looking to upset the odds in Russian Federation".

'I hope the pressure that you mention will not be an obstacle.

There have been concerns about racism from local fans at the World Cup after a report last month said that 19 incidents of racist chants were recorded in Russian Federation this season including monkey noises directed at black France players and racial abuse directed by Spartak Moscow supporters at Liverpool youth player Bobby Adekanye. Last week Mamic, who denies all charges, was sentenced to six and a half years in jail after being found guilty on a set of charges that included making illegal personal profits on player transfers from Dinamo Zagreb.

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"A lot of Russians seems to support the Nigerian team".

"This place feels like home for us".

Heartbreak and disappointments have followed in subsequent years, as loses suffered against Argentina (2002 and 2010), and a goalless draw against Iran (2014) left Nigeria winless in their opening group games for two decades, and even more worrying, enduring a goal drought which culminates in an alarming 270 minutes.

The national captain was the lynchpin for the Champions League treble winners but recognises that a youthful Nigeria team could pose his team problems on Saturday night.

There are, however, better groups to be the second-best team in, as the group D runners-up will most likely see themselves facing the most talented team the French have fielded in at least two decades. "We are not going to give up on tactical, attacking football. That is our biggest advantage". With a kit that was designed with a nod to the 1994 side that reached the round of 16 in their first World Cup, that could be possible.

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