Moses Simon of Nigeria (r) challenged by Tebogo Langerman of South Africa during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix
Friday Mar 09, 2018. 14:00
KAA Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has revealed that he has been discussing the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture between Nigeria and Croatia with his club team-mates Anderson Esiti and Moses Simon.
Kalinic is expected to make Croatia’s final squad for the global tournament which is scheduled to be hosted by Russia between June and July 2018.
Esiti was not included in the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming FIFA international friendly games against Poland and Serbia.
However, his club team-mate Simon has been named in the 28-man squad by Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr.
''I have the impression of being underestimated by Nigerians, and I have Simon and Esiti in the club, two young Nigerian players who are already great players,'' Kalinic told Sportske Novosti.
''Guys are powerful and fast, but very responsible, quality players and they say to us that this is how the whole team is.
Their team, Gent is placed fourth on the Belgian First Division A standings with 47 points from 29 games.
''So any one-and-a-half percent looser approach ahead of the match with Nigeria can be crazy,” the 27-year-old added.
Nigeria will also face Argentina and Iceland in Group D. Their first match will be against Croatia in Kaliningrad on the 16th of June 2018.