Schwechat, Austria: Nigeria was beaten 1-0 by Czech Republic in its final World Cup warm-up game in Schwechat, Austria on wednesday making it a five match winless streak for the Super Eagles – before the World Cup in Russia which starts on 14 June.
Czech defender Tomas Kalas scored after 25 minutes, handing Nigeria another defeat four days after its 2-1 loss to England in London.
Coach Gernot Rohr’s team has lost four out of five games since beating Poland 1-0 in March, though that includes a 3-2 defeat in an unofficial friendly against Atletico Madrid.
Nigeria will continue its training camp in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, before traveling to Russia on Monday. It plays Croatia in its Group D opener on June 16, with Iceland and Argentina the other opponents.
Czech Republic did not qualify for the World Cup.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will need to improve big time when they take on Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D in Russia.
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has urged fans not to panic, following their 1-0 loss to Czech Republic on Wednesday, in their final warm-up match before the 2018 World Cup.
Rohr insists there is no cause for alarm and says he is confident the team will be ready for the challenge when the tournament begins.
“I don’t worry about friendly results. We are not ready now for the World Cup but we will be ready in 10 days,” Rohr said after the game.
Nigeria, who were knocked out in the last 16 in 2014, face Croatia on 16 June, Iceland on 22 June and Argentina on 26 June.
Nigeria Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has released the final list of 23 players who will play at the FIFA Russia World Cup, which begins on 14 June. The list was released only hours after the London friendly.
Missing in the list are Ola Aina and Mikel Agu, who were part of the 25-man Eagles squad that went to London for the friendly with the England team at Wembley.
The list came a day ahead of the official FIFA deadline of 4 June.
The FIFA Council as far back as January 2017, set June 4 as the deadline for the submission of the final list of 23 players by all the 32 teams taking part in the Russia tournament.14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with.
Super Eagles Final 23 Man List
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA) Captain, Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only squad member who plays for a Nigerian club after fellow ’keeper Dele Ajiboye and the Nigerian league’s top scorer Junior Lokosa were both cut from the provisional squad.