Nigeria: Eagles Will Pass Croatia Test, Bewarang Assures

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The Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Coach Bitrus Bewarang has assured that the Super Eagles will put up a good show against Croatia in their opening match of the 2018 World Cup.

The Super Eagles will kick-start their campaign on Saturday, June 16 in Kaliningrad against Croatia who parade big stars like Real Madrid's Lukas Modric, Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona and Juventus' striker Mario Mandzukic.

Although it promises to be a very difficult opening match, the former Super Eagles coach is optimistic Gernot Rohr's men will get a good result to start on a promising note.

He said in as much as he respects all the teams in Group D, he is not among those who feel the Eagles will be the whipping team of the group.

Bewarang maintained that as some Nigerians are talking about the strength of the other teams that is exactly how they (Nigeria's opponents) are also weighing the capacities of the Super Eagles.

"Super Eagles are professionals so they know the importance of winning their opening match. If they win against Croatia, they will approach their second match with greater confidence.

"It is not going to be an easy match but I am confident Super Eagles will pass the first test on Saturday.

"The team arrived Russia in high spirit and the players are ready to go to battle against Croatia," he said.

Bewarang therefore said instead of dwelling so much on the weaknesses in their team, Nigerians should rally round the Super Eagles for success in Russia.

The former Plateau United coach said there is no perfect team in the world but the Super Eagles will do everything possible to avoid costly mistakes.

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