Russia 2018: Croatia to prepare for Nigeria clash with Senegal friendly

Croatia team

Nigeria’s first opponents at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Croatia, have confirmed a friendly match with the Teranga Lions of Senegal.

The match is scheduled for June 8 at the Osijek City Garden Stadium, Croatia’s Football Federation confirmed on Thursday.

Croatia will start their World Cup campaign against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Kaliningrad Stadium.

“Senegal is an excellent preparation for Nigeria and is one of the best African selections,” Zlatko Dalic told the Croatia News website.

“I am sure we will have a great atmosphere in Osijek before leaving for Russia. I believe in Croatia’s strength, and we want to be able to play in Russia with the strongest selections – a match against Senegal fits in our preparation for the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles played Senegal in March 2017 at The Hive Stadium and needed a penalty kick goal from Kelechi Iheanacho in the 83rd minute to force a 1-1 result.

Dalic had described the Super Eagles as dark horses last December.

“The Nigerians are an unknown team and we have to study them well.”

Playing against Senegal in a friendly would give the Croatians a measure of the physicality the West African team possesses.

He continued: “They are the first in their qualifying group without defeat, they are young, with the German leader at the helm. We have time to prepare everything, including the choice of camp.

“We are starting with the analysis to be ready for the World Cup, and the most important thing is for our players to be healthy and true, and we will be looking for friendly rivals outside Europe, from Africa, because we all know most about Europeans. Argentina, but our strategy has to come down to strong rivals and strong matches.”

The Eagles have a friendly lined up against the Czech Republic on June 5 – their last tune-up match before their first ever confrontation with Croatia on June 16.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.