Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr hopes his team of youngsters can have a good start at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after they were drawn against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D on Friday.
While the Eagles would meet Argentina for a fifth time in their six showings at the Mundial, they will open their campaign against Croatia in Kaliningrad on June 16.It’s a very important game that could determine how far the Nigerian side goes in the tournament. Afterwards, they would meet debutants Iceland in Volgograd before playing the last group game against Argentina.“We have a group that is very young, what we have to do is to play more friendly games against teams that play similar football like Croatia and Iceland,” Rohr told FCNaija after the draws inside the Kremlin Palace on Friday.
Nigeria has never played both European teams at the senior level but they defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly played in Krasnodar last month, however, the manager does not feel that his opponents would be easy.“I think that we know a little bit more about Argentina, even though it was a friendly, we have to prepare very well,” Rohr said. The Super Eagles would have to select a base camp from where they would travel to their matches. “We haven’t chosen a camp yet, we will discuss it looking at the cities that we will play our matches,” Rohr said.