Nigeria Under-20 coach John Obuh says they are wary of Croatia
Posted: 3 August 2011 Time: 10:22 am
Nigeria Under-20 coach John Obuh says Croatia will be a tough opponent for the Flying Eagles.
Nigeria produced an emphatic performance in their opening World Youth Championship match against Guatemala, winning 5-0, and now face Croatia on Wednesday.
The Europeans will be a different ballgame, however, as they will be fighting hard to avoid a loss, which may see them exit the competition early, as they lost their first game 2-0 to Saudi Arabia. "We'll be very wary going into the game against Croatia," Obuh tells Fifa.com. "A win will be a big boost to our chances of going through, but we want to avoid a loss at all costs." Two-goal hero from the first game, Edafe Egbedi, is optimistic of adding to his goals haul. "I really believe we can beat Croatia. We won't just win, we'll play better than them, and personally speaking I hope I can get my name onto the scoreboard again," Egbedi says. Croatia coach Zvonko Pamic knows the enormous task ahead of his boys and says that the African champions will prove a hard nut to crack for his team. "We were unlucky against Saudi Arabia. We had a number of chances to score, and now we have to beat Nigeria in a much harder game.
"They're an excellent side, as we all know, but we can win if we improve our performance," Pamic said at a press conference.