By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal has stated that the only way the Super Eagles can overcome Iceland in Friday’s Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup game is to show strength of character.
The Super Eagles go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Croatia and must beat the World Cup debutants to give the chance of qualifying a huge boost.
Speaking ahead of the game, Lawal who was in the Super Eagles squad to France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002, said everything rest on the players to show their qualities.
“After losing to Croatia we now have to do it the hard way, we have to win our next two matches which will be difficult,” Lawal told completesportsnigeria.com
“The Iceland team will come with their full arsenal. If the Super Eagles players want to make names for themselves, then it is the game against Iceland.
“They just have to come out and play that game. (Gernot) Rohr knows his players and also the players need to talk to themselves, they should ask themselves questions concerning how they performed against Croatia and how they should respond.”
Lawal recalled how he and his teammates stunned a star-studded Spanish side at the 1998 World Cup despite going into the tournament in poor form.
“The reason why a lot of people still talk about our win against Spain in 1998 Is because we showed character despite playing against a star-studded side. Going into the tournament we did not do well in our friendly games but the thing is tournaments are different from friendlies. Nobody gave us a chance to beat Spain but we fought and showed our character.
“So this game against Iceland, the players must do the same, it is not about Rohr because at the end of the day he will go back to his country and we will remain here. Now Iceland are on a high after their draw against Argentina which means it will be tough.
“When players face difficult games like this, that is when you know who has character and is ready to fight.
“So what I’m saying is they must show character. Look at Egypt and Morocco, despite losing their games, they showed character. They gave their all, also Senegal, they gave everything to beat Poland and this is what we want our players to do against Iceland.”