Nigeria (Xinhua) --
Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari on Friday showered
encomiums on the country’s national team, Super
Eagles, after defeating Iceland in a Group D match
at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Buhari, in a statement, said: "confidence,
discipline, team-work and the indomitable spirit
displayed by the young Nigerians gave them victory."
Striker Ahmed Musa was the hero for Nigeria, as
he scored the two goals that gave his side a vital
2-0 win against Iceland in the heat of the Volgograd
Arena on Friday evening.
Buhari praised the team for "a job well done" and
urged them not to limit themselves but sustain the
current winning momentum by going all out against
their last group opponent, Argentina, next Tuesday.
"I am confident that if our players believe in
themselves they can qualify out of their difficult
group and even go very far in the tournament," the
Nigerian leader said.
The win puts the Africans second in Group D
behind Croatia and means they have a great chance of
qualifying for the last 16 if they avoid defeat to
Argentina in the last group game, although a win for
Argentina would see the South American side into the
next round and Iceland still have a slim chance of
qualifying if they can defeat Croatia.
steel-to-steel match against Croatia, says
(Xinhua) -- Iceland coach
Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Friday that his team
will give all out to beat Croatia and expects a
tough match against their old foes in the last round
of the World Cup Group D actions.
Iceland lost 2-0 to Nigeria while Croatia
defeated Argentina in the second round of the group
The last round will see Iceland versus Croatia
and Nigeria against Argentina.
"We know the scenario when we play Croatia.
"I know the match will be very hard and normally
it is steel to steel, not a lot of chances but a lot
of yellow cards and in three games out of four we
have had a red card," Hallgrimsson said of their
Iceland finished above Croatia in their World Cup
qualifying tournament and the two sides have met
four times in the last four years.
"We are like a married couple that want a
divorce, but we always meet again," Hallgrimsson
said with a smile.
"We know what kind of game it is going to be.
Croatia have shown what they can beat strong
teams. They have had two really good performances.
Their 3-0 victory against Argentina was a good
example of how good Croatia is.
However, we also have confidence because we
finished ahead of them in the qualifying tournament
and we beat them once," the coach added.
Croatia now leads the group with six points and
Nigeria is second with 3 points.
Both Iceland and Argentina collected 1 point