Former Nigerian international and FIFA legend, Emmanuel Amuneke has expectedly warned the Super Eagles to be at their physical and psychological best for their second Group D match against Iceland on Friday at the at the 45,000-capacity Volgograd Arena.
Following the 2-0 loss to Croatia on Saturday, the Super Eagles must grind a win against one-point Iceland who battled Lionel Messi-led Argentina to 1-1 in the other Group D game on Saturday to have a realistic chance of progressing to the second round.
“ The game against the Super Eagles as we all know is not going to be easy for the Super Eagles,” Amuneke, a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at Russia 2018 told Sportinglife.ng .
“But it’s a battle they can win especially if they conditioned their mind and assume responsibility because Iceland would throw everything at them and they must react with a stronger mentality.”
Speaking further, Amuneke said the Super Eagles have in their rank players that can made all the difference with a caveat that they must be up and running to make their inclusion count.
“Honestly we have the players but Mikel, and Moses for instance must do more because their experience would be needed for this particular game and we all know that this a must not lose match against Iceland; it’s going to be difficult match that demand different stronger mentality.
“ The match on Friday against Iceland would be tactical and from the little of what I saw of Iceland , they are not going to make it easy for the Super Eagles,” he added.
Meanwhile, Amuneke has returned to his base in Span after playing his bit as FIFA Legend along with Dario Sonic in Saturday’s match between Nigeria and Croatia but he is expected back in Russia on July 4 to assume duties as a member of the well-heeled TSG for Russia 2018.