Mikel: Nigeria have to improve set-piece play
World Cup 2018 By: Lolade Adewuyi | 17/06/2018
Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, captured the mood of the entire team on Saturday night after their 2-0 opening Group D game against Croatia.Walking to the team bus, many of the players wore long faces, dazed by their loss to the Europeans at the Kaliningrad Stadium.Mikel, the leader and oldest player in the squad, returned to his second World Cup and was expected to be the creative force of the side.But they lost in front of a crowd dominated by Croatian fans due to two dead-ball situations – the first, an Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal from a corner kick before Luka Modric converted a penalty in the second half following William Ekong’s foul on Mario Mandzukic during a routine corner kick.
“Tough, tough day,” said Mikel with a shake of his head. “It’s difficult to concede from two set pieces, but we have to keep going,” he told FCNaija.com.