2018 World Cup: Ike: Eagles must not lose first match

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One of Nigeria’s finest goalkeeper of all-time, Ike Shorunmu has warned the Super Eagles against losing their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The three-time African champions, who were the first to qualify for Russia 2018 from the region was on Friday night in Moscow drawn in Group D alongside familiar foe Argentina, European heavyweight, Croatia and debutants Iceland.

Ike who was Nigeria’s first choice goalie at the 2012 FIFA World Cup reckons that the first match against Croatia is vital because it may decide if the Eagles will make it out of the group or not.

Speaking to SportingLife, Shorunmu said: “In the World Cup anything is possible but a lot depends on how well you prepare and we can’t afford to underrate any team.

“Our first match against Croatia is very important and we must strive to get the three points. I know it will be very difficult but winning that game will give us a better chance of qualifying from the group.

“Because if we lose our first game it will bring a huge pressure on the team – so you need to get at least a draw.”

Interestingly, Nigeria has played Argentina four times already in their previous five World Cup appearances and will be meeting Croatia and Iceland for the very first time.

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