“Croatia na just name” – NFF President tells Super Eagles
As Nigeria’s Super Eagles get set to begin their quest for glory at the FIFA 2018 World Cup with a match against Croatia today, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has charged players of the team to go for victory, stating that: “Croatia na just name”. Mr. Pinnick’s charge to the team is conveyed to the public in a video clip posted yesterday on the Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation.
He said: “Luca Modric na just name. Dem no play pass Aguero where una hold him hand that day push am commot. So to me, don’t look at the face of the players. Look at the ball and play.”
The NFF President was alluding to Nigeria’s 4-2 victory against Argentina in an international friendly match that featured Sergio Aguero, Argentine star. Similarly, Luca Modric is one of Croatia’s stars.
Pinnick said: “Tomorrow (today) is the D-Day. To me, there is nothing special about tomorrow. No tension. We are Nigerians. The word ‘naija’ what it means is that we are rugged. That’s why that ‘naija’ is at the back of your jersey. We are rugged. There is nothing that I can tell you people again. Its just to listen to your coach…. Na we open eye pass. Na we baff pass…. Let us carry first on the field too.”
He announced that Aiteo, energy giants and official partners of NFF, have promised to pay 50 thousand dollars to the Super Eagles, for every “unreplied goal” scored against Croatia. He said: “If you score ten goals tomorrow (today), 500 thousand dollars. That one is certain…. It is just to thank you guys for your resilience.
“It is a journey we started with this man (pointing at Gernot Rohr, Coach of the team) and it is a journey that we want to end very well and increase our individual and collective profile. The government has been brilliant, everybody has been brilliant. So please, let us go there tomorrow and do what Naija stands for. You did it against Argentina…. Let us continue in that spirit. We did it in Russia. We can do it again in Russia.”
Nigeria’s match against Croatia is scheduled for 8pm today at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Russia. Iceland and Argentina, would play against each other at 2pm today. They are Nigeria’s next opponents in Russia, respectively.
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