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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:56 am 
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Starting Lineup:
Like Westerhoff, Rohr promise to reveal his starting lineup after the game.

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Predicted lineup

Francis Uzoho, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Brian Idowu, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Obi Mikel, strikers Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo.
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Above line up now confirmed by FIFA.COM

According to FIFA.com

Uzoho, Balogun, Ekong, Shehu, Idowu, Ndidi, Etobo, Mikel, Iwobi, Moses and Ighalo


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http://owngoalnigeria.com/2018/06/16/su ... hu-starts/


Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr will line up his team in his trusted 4-2-3-1 formation for today’s clash, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.

As expected the coach selected Francis Odinaka Uzoho to start in goal with a back four of Shehu Abdullahi, Bryan Idowu and William Troost-Ekong ahead of him as they await a final test on Leon Balogun,

Balogun will undergo a late fitness test and if he fails to prove his fitness despite returning to training yesterday, Kenneth Omeruo will take his spot in the starting line up.

Newly signed on Stoke City forward Oghenekaro Etebo starts ahead of vice captain Ogenyi Onazi while Shehu Abdullahi was selected to start ahead of Tyronne Ebuehi. Bryan Idowu will man the left back spot of the team.

Barring any last minute change in decision Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo will lead the line for Nigeria with Wilfred Ndidi and captain John Obi Mikel completing the line up.


Starting XI- Uzoho, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Idowu; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iwobi, Moses, Ighalo



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:59 pm 
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Ohhh Africa...just practicing for later lol

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:27 pm 
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Shehu again?...I hope Rohr is seeing something everyone isn't. Ebuehi is many times better than shehu... :idea:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Ebuehi will come on to give us pace if needed.

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Shehu again?...I hope Rohr is seeing something everyone isn't. Ebuehi is many times better than shehu... :idea:


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Chei, una hear say Island only get 21 % possession?


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Nigeria Vs Croatia : A Game To Be Decided In The Middle
Posted By: soccerasson: June 16, 2018In: The DugoutNo Comments Print Email
The Super Eagles of Nigeria open their Russia 2018 World Cup campaign against Croatia on Saturday at the magnificent Kaliningrad stadium in Russia

With the setup of the group and with Argentina and an unpredictable Iceland waiting for both teams in the wings the match is a must win for both sides

On paper with the array of stars it presents Croatia look the better team and more likely to edge this but the Nigerian Eagles are more than capable of causing an upset

The Super Eagles have been underwhelming in their pre – tournament warm-up matches narrowly edging Poland then going on to lose to Serbia then drawing with Congo in Nigeria and losing their last 2 games against England and Czech Republic.

However Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is not deceived by the Super Eagles poor run of results.
“Nigeria, we know their quality and how dangerous they are, especially in the attack.” Dalic stated during his pre-match conference on Friday

This is a game that will be decided in the midfield where the Croatian teams strength lies. Whichever team is first able to dominate the midfield will most likely win the game. Croatia has a star studded midfield which includes Barcelona’s Rakatic Real Madrids Modric and Inter winger Persic but the Eagles are no slouches in that department either and while they may not have profiles as impressive as the Croatians the likes of Wilfred Ndidi Mikel Obi Etebo and Alex Iwobi are mostly younger and impressive in their own rights, and if they can use their speed and physicality to disrupt the Croatians smooth passing flow they may swing things in their favor

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi is aware of the need to dominate the Midfield

“It’s going to be very interesting because they like to keep the ball and so do we,” Obi Mikel said on Friday pre-match conference

Key Battles

Ivan Rakitić vs Wilfred Ndidi
Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić is one of the most creative players on the Croatian national team and alongside Modric will try and dictate play for the Croatians with Rakitić likely to hold a deeper attacking midfield role often surging forward to feed and support the strikers
It will be up to Nigeria’s midfield lynchpin Wilfred Ndidi to stifle Rakitić and Croatia’s play and if anyone can Ndidi can. The super athletic 21 year old was the best tackler in the EPL and an asset in breaking up play for any team. He has the legs and pace to match Rakitić and his ball winning and recycling abilities will be key if Nigeria is to take control of the midfield

Dejan Lovren vs Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo will have to bring his A-game to get the better of Croatia’s experienced defender Dejan Lovren. One thing Ighalo has going in his favour is pace and Lovren has been known to get caught out for pace at times
At 28 its expected but while Loveren may have made plenty of costly mistakes at Liverpool in the past, his performances in recent months have been superb and he remains a key and experienced very technical defender. Ighalo on his part has only scored once for his country in the last two years

Mario Mandzukic vs Troost Ekong
The Bursaspor of Turkey defender has been the standout performer in the Super Eagles defence in recent times and is an emerging force for the Africans. But the 24 year old will be sorely tested by Juventus striker Mandzukic and will have to keep his concentration on 100%.
Mandzukic is an imposing, physical player with a strong aerial presence something we can also ascribe to Ekong who is not one to shy away from a tussle
The Croatia striker however has slowed a little and has scored only five goals from his 32 Serie A appearances last season and an Ekong at his very best should be able to keep him in check

Potential match winners
If back to his best Chelsea’s Victor Moses remains Nigeria’s most dangerous player and the most likely to lift them when the need arises. Arsenals Alex Iwobi however of late has shown he also has what it takes to be a match winner for the team while Crotia will bank on the experienced 30-year-old Real Madrid playmaker, Luka Modric to bail them out of a tight spot

Team News
Leon Balogun is a major doubt for the Nigerians having picked up an Injury during training. The Nigerian coach has said he remains at a 50-50 chance of making the game. Rohr is keeping his starting 11 close to his chest but we can expect to see Uzoho in goal Mikel and Iwobi and Ndidi in midfield. Croatia have no injury worries going into the game and will likely start with their midfield stars Modric Persic and Rakatic with Manduzic upfront

Nigeria vs Croatia kicks off at 8pm BST


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I really can't see the Eagles winning today. I do hope they win.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:02 pm 
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Make una hook my boy up with correct link nah.

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The Naija players don't look confident

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Make una hook my boy up with correct link nah.

Cmoke :D :D :D :D

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The Naija players don't look confident


We are NOT Ghanaese!

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Cellular wrote:
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We are NOT Ghanaese!


You got that right. WE are Nigerianese

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Let's go Super Eagles!
Let's do this!

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E go do some fear fear people like film trick.
Up SE, time to give Africa first victory.


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How can u tell when u are too short to see Naija face!

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European teams have done really well so far. Non-European teams ... not so well.
Nigeria needs to be really careful. Just don't lose this game.


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Time for us to do this!
Come on, boys!
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Thanks my Abazonian brother!

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European teams have done really well so far. Non-European teams ... not so well.
Nigeria needs to be really careful. Just don't lose this game.


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Keys to victory

1. Protect Uzoho, keep him clean.
2. Play solid defense
3. Quick transition, free flowing attacking football

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