Another three points that will take them to the knockout stages of the ongoing 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Poland is the objective of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, as they confront Team USA in their second match of the championship this evening at the 15,000 –capacity Bielsko-Biala Stadium.
Coach Paul Aigbogun is banking on the flaming form of his boys, who scored four goals in their first match against Qatar in Tychy on Friday, to consume a desperate Team USA still looking for its first point of the finals, having lost their first game 1-2 to Ukraine also on Friday.
“We had a great game against Qatar and we want to stay in that spirit all through the championship. We will not make the mistake of under-rating any team; our approach remains taking it one game at a time. We go in there and fulfill our gameplan of achieving victory.
“It is not going to be an easy match; the Americans are hurt after losing their first game. But we are in good form and we need the three points to assure our place in the Round of 16,” Aigbogun said on Sunday.
The first time both both countries met at this championship was in the semi finals of the 1989 edition in Saudi Arabia, with the Flying Eagles wining the encounter 2-1 through goals by Mutiu Adepoju at the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah to send Nigeria into her first –ever Final of the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Victory over Team USA in today’s match will send the Flying Eagles into the knockout rounds, and Maxwell Effiom, Henry Offia, Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen, who all scored against Qatar, will look to add to their tournament tally.
On Saturday night, the Embassy of Nigeria in Poland feted the Flying Eagles, with His Excellency, Ambassador Eric Bell-Gam expressing his joy at the team’s demolition job on Qatar.