Nigeria fired up for World Cup opener vs. Croatia

The Super Eagles are making their sixth appearance at the tournament and have sent a message of intent ahead of their tie with Zlatko Dalic’s men

Nigeria have announced their readiness for their opening 2018 World Cup game against Croatia on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

 The west Africans will be making their sixth outing at the global football showpiece and are aiming to surpass their previous performance in the tourney.

The three-time African champions last won their opening game at the quadrennial tournament in the 1998 edition against Spain.

And, although, they failed to convince in their build-up to the tournament, team captain John Obi Mikel John Ogu, William Troost-Ekong, Elderson Echiejile and Joel Obi have taken to Instagram to herald their readiness for the crunch tie with the Zlatko Dalic’s men.

“We’re ready to go,” Mikel posted.


We’re ready to go! #SoarSuperEagles🇳🇬

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“Ready for tomorrow. Naija way,” Ogu wrote



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“Getting ready for tomorrow with the boys,” Troost-Ekong wrote.


Getting ready for tomorrow with the boys 🇳🇬 #Naija #Russia2018

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“With my brothers, excited about our game tomorrow,” Elderson Echiejile posted.

“One day to go, first match coming! Ready for Fifa World Cup,” Joel Obi wrote.


After their encounter with Croatia, Gernot Rohr’s side next trade tackles with Iceland before they take on Argentina for their last group D game.