Nigeria will reach World Cup second round & stay longer in Russia, assures Mikel Obi

Nigeria will reach the knockout phase of the World Cup despite their unimpressive start, assures team captain John Obi Mikel.

Gernot Rohr’s men inspired no confidence with their poor display as they lost 2-0 to Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.

But the former Chelsea man insists no hope is lost yet for his side as they desperately seek to negotiate past Iceland in their second Group D tie at the Volgograd Arena.

“We have not given up hope in spite of the disappointment of that loss (to Croatia),” Mikel told media.

“We are training hard to make it out of the group. Hopefully, things will work out for us on Friday. We have enjoyed Russia so far.

“We have been able to work and train well. The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great. We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia.”

Nigeria play Iceland in Volgograd on Friday, a day after other group opponents Croatia and Argentina square off at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.

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