By Nnamdi Ezekute in Russia:
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi insists the team still harbour hopes of a good outing at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup despite the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their first group game last Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Gernot Rohr’s men must avoid defeat against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday to avoid early elimination.
Iceland on the other hand were impressive in the 1-1 draw against two-time time champions Argentina.
“We are very hopeful and confident because everything is still in our own hands. It just depends on how much we want it.
“The result against Croatia was disappointing but we can fix it,” Mikel stated while addressing the media at the team’s base in Essentuki on Wednesday.
The Tiajin Teda of China midfielder also responded to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s assertion that he cannot play as a playmaker but as a No. 6, a defensive midfielder.
“I worked with Mourinho for a long time and he knows me very well.
“It is very fascinating. I played in this position for the last two years. Nobody complained. I feel comfortable to play in both positions and I do everything I can for the team to win,” he stated.
“I understand the feelings of everyone because of the result and how we played.”
Mikel admitted that the team have no complaints in terms of their stay in Russia.
“We have enjoyed Russia so far,” the Tianjin Teda star added.
“We have been able to work and train well. The training facilities, hotel and the people have been great.
“We hope to qualify and stay longer here so we can get to know more places in Russia.”