Eagles look to beat Serbia in London

  • Kick off: 8pm

Pius Ayinor

Super Eagles are up against Serbia at The Hive Stadium in London Tuesday night and it is coming off 1-0 win over Poland on Friday as a part of the build up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The three-African champions under Gernot Rohr started off this World Cup warm-up journey by roundly beating Argentina 4-2 in Russia last year. But regrettably for Nigeria team captain Mikel Obi will again not be available for this game and announced his frustration and sadness via Twitter on Monday.

Monday afternoon he tweeted, “Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I will not be on the field for our game v Serbia tomorrow.

“I am sad, and frustrated, but giving my full support to the team for another WIN!#SoarSuperEagles.”

In his absence Eagles may again look to Victor Moses, who scored as Nigeria beat Poland 1-0 on Friday to do even better in front of his regular London fans. Eagles had their last training in London on Monday.

The picture is not looking very bright for Serbia who lost by 2-1 to Morocco in a friendly match which was played in Torino, Italy also on Friday night.

The European side is coached by Serbian tactician Mladen Krstajic.

Serbian’s Ivan Obradovic has said he and his teammates have noted the ways of the Eagles. He spoke with Blic Sport.

The Anderlecht of Belgian player said it would be difficult to curtail the Nigerians.

Obradovic told Blic Sport, “In November, the Nigerians beat Argentina. They are a physically dominant team with a lot of talented players and it will not be easy.

“It is clear that this will be another good test and opportunity to see at what level we are.

“Of course, we will use the opportunity to work on some things. I have no dilemma that these two matches are good tests.”

The Nigerians are indeed favourites to win this game or perhaps pick up a draw. A win for Serbia should come as a surprise.