Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu has said that the team’s 2018 World Cup group opponents Croatia, as well as debutants, Iceland, are afraid of Nigeria.
Gernot Rohr’s men face Croatia, ranked 18th by world football governing body, FIFA, in their opening match on 16 June before confronting new boys, Iceland, 6 days later.
In a chat with www.busybuddiesng.com before the Super Eagles departed Nigeria for London, the Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel player said: “It’s a team work. If we do our job on the pitch against these countries (Croatia and Iceland), I think we can upset a lot of people. This is my feeling.
“But, Iceland are a good side; we saw what they did at the last European Championships, and Croatia have one of the best midfielders and strikers. They play in top clubs, but I don’t think anyone is afraid of any of these players. We just go there and try to play our football.
“I think all these countries (Croatia and Iceland) are afraid of us, they are afraid of us too. It is World Cup, and anything can happen,” the 30-year old said.
Nigeria are the lowest ranked team in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on 47th spot, behind Argentina (5th), Croatia (18th) and Iceland (22nd).