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Eagles must beat Croatia – Eguavoen

Prestige Otaben with agency report

Former Nigeria  coach Austin Eguavoen has told  the Super Eagles  that beating   Croatia in their first game at the  Russia 2018 World Cup  will  give them an edge in the race to reach the second round of the tournament.

Nigeria and Croatia are in Group D of the competition alongside Iceland and Argentina. The  will play  Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad,  on June 16.

“I am very confident Nigeria will qualify from that group but it is easier said than done,’’ Eguavoen told allnigeriasoccer.com.

“First game is always key to any tournament. If  we win that game (against Croatia),  we will go all the way.’’

 The  former Eagles defender said Rohr should rotate  between 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formations ahead of the tournament in Russia, saying that his team should be unpredictable.

He said, “Sometimes in a game your plans don’t go according to what you want to do, you can also change system without making substitutions, from a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1 he can change to a 3-4-3.

“So far so good I think 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 will be okay for us. We need a player who is very intelligent and technically strong to play just behind the striker.”

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