Su­sic: ‘We haven’t shown ev­ery­thing we are ca­pa­ble of yet’

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SAFET SU­SIC, the head coach of Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina, be­lieves there is more to come from his side as the World Cup new­com­ers look for their first win of the tour­na­ment at the ex­pense of Nigeria to­day.

A good show­ing in their Group F opener against Ar­gentina led to a nar­row 2-1 de­feat but they were un­done when Lionel Messi scored one of the goals of the com­pe­ti­tion so far.

With Nigeria and Iran hold­ing each other to a goal­less draw in a game bereft of qual­ity, Su­sic now wants to see his side push on and progress.

“We haven’t shown ev­ery­thing we are ca­pa­ble of yet,” he said. “I hope that Ar­gentina will win their other two games, be­cause if they do then the sec­ond spot will be be­tween Iran, Nigeria and Bos­nia. I am con­vinced we still have ev­ery­thing to play for.”

Fol­low­ing a medi­ocre show­ing in their first game, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi ad­mits his play­ers need to per­form bet­ter across the board if they are to keep their own hopes of stay­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion alive with a pos­i­tive re­sult in Cuiaba.

“Yes, we need to work on scor­ing goals,” he said. “It is not only the at­tack that needs work; we also have to work on other de­part­ments too. Some­times anx­i­ety comes up on the play­ers and they want to just score. I think they played well [against Iran] it was just mainly the fin­ish­ing that is the prob­lem.”

Head­ing into the game, Keshi will be boosted by the news that de­fender God­frey Oboabona could be fit in time to re­tain his place in de­fence.

The Caykur Rize­s­por man was forced off in the draw with Iran with an an­kle in­jury but Keshi is yet to make a de­ci­sion on whether Oboabona is fit enough to start. “I have re­ceived the med­i­cal re­ports on God­frey and we are still very hope­ful that be­fore the D-day he may still make it,” he added. “Let’s just be hope­ful be­cause he is an im­por­tant player in the team.”

Kenneth Omeruo will cer­tainly play, how­ever, and the Chelsea young­ster is look­ing for­ward to pit­ting his wits against striker Edin Dzeko.

“It will be great to see how Edin Dzeko and I slug it out,” he said. “Hope­fully, they will play an open game and we will too.”

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