Chelsea star Victor Moses has said the Super Eagles are determined to beat Croatia in Saturday’s Group D 2018 World Cup game.
Nigeria has never won the first game of their World Cup outing since 2002 but 2013 African Cup of Nations winner, said the West Africans are ready to beat the Croats.
“We’ve come here a long time here at Esentuki, but I think you can see in the training that we were doing very well. Now there is a match with Croatia, a very strong team, but we are gunning for the win,” the former Liverpool man told Croatian outlet sportske.jutarnji.hr.
“This game is very important to us because it is very important to start winning and get a good result. We are optimistic, we want to beat Croatia.
“Yet these were just friendly matches, although we were sorry we lost, especially against England. But we look good at this point; we will be good in opening game against Croatia.
“Croatia is a great team with many top players; they are strong individuals and team. They have a particularly strong midfield and attack, the most important thing 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. Croatia can beat anyone, but Nigeria can beat Croatia. We’ll have to do it like a team.”