Hot Volvograd weather will not affect Eagles, NFF assures

June 22nd, 2018

While Nigeria’s sec­ond opponent in the group D pre­liminaries of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Iceland, has stated that it is their prayer not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd, when the coun­try’s national team takes on the Super Eagles of Nigeria to­day, the Nigeria Football Fed­eration (NFF) has assured that the Super Eagles players will be very comfortable with the hot weather, despite playing their football in Europe.

Iceland, who are FIFA World Cup debutants, are al­ready dreaming of the knock­out stage after their first group game victory against former world champions, Argentina.

NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi said during a media briefing that the antici­pated hot weather will be good for the West African country, considering the weather back home, adding that the Super Eagles players are always used to hot weather.

“The reported hot weather will be of no effect to the team. They are all Africans and have been used to the hot weather back home. So I do not think it will to their disadvantage, rather I believe that Iceland players would be the ones to complain and not Nigeria” Akinwunmi said

Weather forecasters are pre­dicting heat of 32 degrees Cel­sius at kick-off time on June 22, 10 degrees hotter than when Ice­land pulled off its 1-1 draw with Argentina on June 16.

Iceland head coach, Heimir Hallgrimsson, expects Nigeria to come out firing against his side in Friday’s Group D clash in Volgograd.

Hallgrimsson told reporters that: “This is a must-win game for Nigeria, and that makes it a little bit psychologically differ­ent, they have to win. This group is going to be decided in the last minutes, in the last game. It’s go­ing to be down to some margins, a set piece, a goal in extra time. This is how this group is going to be played.”

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