Nigeria’s captain John Obi Mikel has assured that the Super Eagles will fly again as he expressed optimism that the squad can still progress to the World Cup knockout stage, despite their 2-0 defeat to Croatia on Saturday.
The skipper said Nigeria must ‘go back to the drawing board’ ahead of their clash with Iceland on Friday.
“We have to play better. I think we can play better, we can do better.
“It’s difficult to say I think. We have to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do better, together as a team.
“It’s not easy playing against these fantastic players, European players; they can hurt you in any given time. We know that, but we have to do better.”
The former Chelsea midfielder who believed that progression from Group D is still possible revealed that Argentina’s unexpected draw with Iceland has given the Super Eagles a lifeline.
“Why not? We believe. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we came here. We have two more games to play. Argentina drew so I think this is a bit better for us.”Next game, we have to go and try to win the game. If we do that, we’re back in it again.”
The Super Eagles loss to Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday following an own-goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric.