It’s been established that Nigeria’s Super Eagles are the youngest squad in Russia at an average age of 25 years.

The West African team would open their account today (June 16) against one of Europe’s giants, Croatia. John Obi Mikel, the captain of the team, urged his squad to maintain a good composure in order to get a good result.

“It’s going to be very interesting because they like to keep the ball and so do we. We have a younger team so that might help us come the end of the game” Obi Mikel said on Friday.

Mikel believes the exuberance of youth may be the Super Eagles’ secret weapon.

“The players are full of energy and have a lot to prove because they’ve not played on this stage before. Not a lot of players were here for the last World Cup but I think that might be a good thing. It’s important for them to control their emotions so we have to keep that in check as well” he told reporters.

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Could the young squad be a catalyst to spur them to greater height as far as this year’s tournament is concerned? Perhaps we could have all the answers beginning with their match today at 7:00pm local time.

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