Former Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Babayaro says that "Super Eagles is an average team" after losing to their opening Group B encounter on Saturday at 2018 World Cup.
Three-time African Champions loss 2-0 to Croatia courtesy of Ogenekaro Etebo first-half own goal and Luka Modric second-half penalty was enough for Croat to the group after first matches.
The 41-year-old believes that Genort Rorh led Super Eagles are not special and still have a lot of work to improve on before face Iceland and Argentina.
"We deceive ourselves too much. Nigeria have
been an average team, we're not spectacular but we won't accept the fact that we're an average team,”
"We lie to ourselves saying we're that good. But I will keep saying, as long as we don't accept our inadequacies we are not going to improve, we have to tell ourselves the truth in order to work hard.
"If we tell ourselves we are that good, there will be no room for improvement, but if we tell ourselves we are not that good, which is the truth, we will have a lot of room to improve then we will work hard."
The Croats' defeat means the three-time African champions face an uphill task to keep their World Cup hopes alive and the 1996 Olympic Gold winner worried about Nigeria’s technical ability, feels Rohr’s men need luck
to progress to the second round of the tournament in Russia.
"Croatia and Iceland are the biggest threats to Nigeria's qualification because these emerging forces are very serious about what they do. These sides are technically and tactically disciplined," he continued.
"As long as it is about how good and technically sound you are, I doubt if Nigeria can come out of the group. If we go by technical statistics, we can't come out of this group. The only way we can qualify from the group is just by luck and God giving us the day no matter how poor we play.
"We're a team that doesn't have the best goalkeeper, the best defence and
midfield. Our power lies more in our attack with one or two persons in the middle, how do you think such a team can stand against the technically sound teams around the world.” Babayaro told Goal.
Super Eagles need to win their remaining two against debutant Iceland and favorite Argentina to earn a chance of going to the next round.