3rd August, 2011
One of the players of Croatia junior national team, midfielder Zvonko Pamic is boasting that his team will beat Nigeriaâ€™s Flying Eagles when both sides clash in the second Group D tie in the ongoing FIFA U-20 world Cup in Colombia.
Pamic said ahead of the crucial tie that â€œwe were unlucky against Saudi Arabia. We had a number of chances to score, and now we have to beat Nigeria in a much harder game. Theyâ€™re an excellent side, as we all know, but we can win if we improve our performance.â€
The match which will be played 2a.m Thursday Nigerian time should make for fascinating viewing. The African side are on a high after their emphatic 5-0 demolition of Guatemala, while Croatia will be looking to redress the balance following their unexpected 2-0 defeat to underdogs Saudi Arabia.
Despite their impressive opening performance, Nigeria know that Croatia will prove a tougher nut to crack, and coach John Obuh will be hoping star forward Ahmed Musa is on song.
Obuh, Nigeria coach said: â€œWeâ€™ll be very wary going into the game against Croatia. A win will be a big boost to our chances of going through, but we want to avoid a loss at all costs.â€
Croatia may have gone down against Saudi Arabia but coach Ivan Grnja remains optimistic about his sideâ€™s chances: â€œWeâ€™ve got two games still to play and we just need to perform better than we did in the first match.â€ To do that, the 62 year-old will have to address the issue of a misfiring attack that got off 15 shots against Saudi Arabia without finding the back of the net.