Although disappointed and beat down by the defeat to Croatia in their opening game at the FIFA 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is certain the team will rise above the hurt to deliver.
Nigeria were crushed under the weight of a lackluster performance against a Luka Modric-inspired team in Kaliningrad on June 16.
An Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal and a penalty by Modric, rattled Nigeria’s sixth world cup appearance and throws Gernot Rohr’s team into a tight fix as they must now produce winning performances against Iceland and Argentina.
Even though Rohr says just four points could guarantee Nigeria’s progress, Ndidi told Brila.net that the Eagles will “manage” the disappointing situation and “move forward” to the next important matches with a different mentality.
Up next for Nigeria is a make or mar fixture against Iceland on 22 June, in Volgograd. Iceland, who are debuting at the tournament, already have a point in group D, from their opening game against Argentina.