Ex-international Yisa Shofoluwe berates Nigeria's display against Croatia

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The ex-Nigeria international is disappointed at the Eagles' shambolic display against the Europeans at the ongoing World Cup finals

Former Green Eagles player, Yisa Shofoluwe says Nigeria’s lack of coordination and the technical crew’s poor tactics culminated in their loss to Croatia.

The Super Eagles started their 2018 World Cup campaign on an unimpressive note, losing 2-0 to Zlatko Dalic's men at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.

And the former defender states that the team's lack of direction and poor strategy ensured they lost out to their European counterparts.

“We didn’t play very well at all because there was no coordination among the defence, midfield and the attack,” Shofoluwe told Goal.

“Ighalo was just there alone while our recovery rate was nothing to write home about. I was expecting Mikel to play as a defensive midfielder while Etebo plays as a support striker to Ighalo. Mikel can pass and mark the ball very well he should have been playing the role delegated to Etebo against Croatia but I believe the coach knows what he wants.

“Eagles defenders’ recovery rate against Croatia was very poor. The defenders' anticipation of the ball wasn’t okay at all. The coaches must know what to do in the second match against Iceland because we are playing at the World Cup where we can get punished for any error made.”

The ex-defender picked a hole at the careless defending of defender William Troost Ekong who conceded a penalty in the 70th minute for wrestling Mario Mandzukic to the floor in the box.

“For [Troost-Ekong] I did not really expect that from him. If you hold somebody you ought to have left the person before the corner kick was taken.

“It was an elementary defending from him and I expect him to learn from this in subsequent matches. You don’t have to put yourself under pressure because you are trying to avoid a goal from being conceded. The second goal killed off whatever spirit that the Eagles had remaining against Croatia.”

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On Friday's clash against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena, Sofoluwe says: “We have to concentrate on the game with Iceland very well.

"Our concentration level must be at 100 percent. The strikers need to score goals because it is very important at the World Cup. We must try to forget the loss to Croatia to enable them to concentrate on the remaining two matches.

“I watched Mexico's game with Germany and the way the Mexicans played showed that they meant business. They marked the ball very well but the Eagles that played against Croatia were very annoying but there is nothing we can do.”

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