Leicester City midfiedler, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi says he and his teammates in the Super Eagles have put Saturday’s loss to Croatia behind them and are already looking forward to their next match with optimism.
The former Racing Genk of Belgium star, who recovere3d from a hamstring injury kjust in time to start for Nigeria in their first group match against Croatia, said the 2-0 opening day defeat is now behind them are they are determined to beat Iceland on Friday.
Ndidi said he is very confident that the Eagles will bounce back when they tackle Iceland in their second World Cup fixture at Volgograd Arena on Friday.
Nigeria started their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 loss to Croatia in Kaliningrad, with the European opponents exploiting the Eagles set-piece weakness to score in each half.
Ndidi suffered a hamstring injury in the tail end of the 2017-2018 campaign, but was declared fit to attend his first World Cup after going the full ninety against the Czech Republic in a pre-World Cup friendly.
However, against Croatia, Ndidi was one of Nigeria’s outstanding players, as he ended the match with a game-high five aerial duels won and top man in tackles, but he plans to do even better against Iceland.
”The match against Croatia was disappointing. However, we’ve moved past that disappointment and we’re looking forward to the next game,” Ndidi disclosed.