'Nigeria must forget about Iceland and Argentina' - John Obuh warns against 'distraction' ahead of Croatia tie

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The ex-U20 tactician has implored the senior national team to focus their attention on the European side alone and not their other Group D oppositions

Nigeria 'must forget about Iceland and Argentina' when they take to the field against Croatia for their World Cup opener, according to John Obuh.

The Super Eagles, on the back of unimpressive run in pre-tournament friendlies, face Zlatko Dalic's side at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday evening.

And their other Group D opponents played out a 1-1 stalemate, with Iceland silencing Lionel Messi-led La Albiceleste at the Spartak Stadium earlier in the afternoon, but the former Flying Eagles coach insists Gernot Rohr's men must avoid 'distractions'.

“We are all aware the Eagles did not perform well in most of the friendly matches they played before the start of the World Cup but it is not the right time to dissect that now,” Obuh told Goal .

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“The Eagles must focus their attention on Croatia alone. They must forget about Iceland and Argentina for now because it will only create distractions. They must try to slow them down and utilize the few chances they have in the game.

“I believe the Eagles have a chance against the Croats but they must be determined and remain united if they are to get a result against them. They are the better team on paper but that can easily change on the pitch because it will be 11 players apiece.”

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