Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses has warned Gernot Rohr’s men that they cannot afford to lose their 2018 World Cup opener against Croatia on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
According to Moses, the Eagles first game against Zlatko Dalić’s men will be the most important game of Group D that will determine whether or not the Rohr’s side will progress to the next round.
The 27-year-old, however, admitted that the three times African champions can beat the Balkans and they have to do it as a team.
”This game is very important to us because it is very important to start winning, good result,” Moses told Croatian media Sportske Novosti.
”You have a particularly strong line and attack, the most important for us is to be concentrated, then we can beat Croatia.
”The most important thing is not to lose this first game because they are sometimes the most important to qualify from the group.
“Croatia can beat anyone, but Nigeria can beat Croatia. We’ll have to make it as a team.”
The Eagles have not won their last three opening games at the World Cup, losing 1-0 to Argentina in 2002 and 2010, and playing out a goalless draw with Iran four years ago in Brazil.
Nigeria are in Group D of the 2018 World Cup alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.