By Ezeocha Nzeh, Volgograd, Russia
Super Eagles will fight to pull chestnuts out of the fire as they face Iceland in a make or break clash in Volgograd Friday.
Nigeria fell 2-0 to Croatia in their opening group game at the weekend.
The players’ win bonus of $15,000-a-man has been increased and should they advance to the knockout rounds in Russia, each player will now pocket $60,000.
Coach Gernot Rohr has also hinted on a changed offensive approach as well as to his starting XI from the last game.
The speed and directness of Ahmed Musa upfront, for one, is expected to trouble the organised and disciplined defence of Iceland.
Captain Mikel Obi is now expected to play on his usual defensive midfield position after his No 10 role against Croatia caused some controversies with Jose Mourinho and Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha critical the former Chelsea man is not suited for that position.
Rohr has also admitted he is worried about his team’s defending against set pieces after they let in two goals against Croatia from such play.
“We didn’t concede any goal in two years in Africa (from set pieces),” he said.
“We’re now working on it (defending against set pieces), in meetings, with videos.
“We have to have a cool head, be stronger and professional.”
Expectations remain high despite a faltering start and the players are resolved to make amends after the Croatia setback.
“We have put behind the loss (to Croatia) and we will give everything in our next game,” vowed Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.