"Now that we are here and close to the hour, the players are in the right mood and ready for Croatia".
After the game against Zlatko Dalic's team, the Super Eagles face Iceland and Argentina in their next two games.
He said, "One of my wife's friends invited us to her birthday party holding on Saturday evening, but I respectfully declined".
"I think we want to start from the blast of the whistle".
Stricter control by German-born coach Gernot Rohr and a much more efficient administration are among the reasons for the change in approach, setting a platform for a strong World Cup challenge.
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Croatia impressed in qualification for the World Cup, defeating Greece 4-1 on aggregate to book their place in a second consecutive World Cup. They finished third in their first ever appearance (1998) but have since then failed to reach the knockout stages in their three subsequent appearances.
KweséESPN lists a couple of things to consider regarding the Super Eagles' previous five opening group stage games, including the latest opposition.
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Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), and Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas) are in the midfield. "A player like [CSKA Moscow's] Ahmed Musa will probably come off the bench".
Nigeria have already gone and wrapped up this World Cup on style points, and at an absolute canter.