The Super Eagles is paired with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland at the world cup group stage at world cup 2018 in Russia.
Former Croatia National team coach, Miroslav Blažević has explained why Nigeria is the biggest threat in Group D.
He said,he didn’t want Croatia to be paired with Nigeria because the Super Eagles, who are considered underdogs in the group, would want to prove they are the biggest team in Africa.
He told journalists: ”We must immediately say that the group is tough, not just because it really is, but what is needed for us with our mentality.
”Yes, the group is loaded, in one part and spectacular, and it is not to be overcome. It can, we have a squad of high-value footballers.
”We must immediately say that the group is tough, not just because it really is, but what is needed for us with our mentality,” Blažević told dnevno.hr.
”Nigeria are our biggest rivals in our group. They are desirous of proving they are Africa’s best football team.
”Nigeria have progressed, have strength and the motive is greatest. That’s why I did not want Nigeria.”
The Super Eagles will face Croatia in their opening game of the World Cup at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad on June 16.