Flying Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has said that his team has to fight to secure the trophy at the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The 18-year-old Manchester City goal poacher said the team needs to be focused, show confidence and stick to what the coaches order them to do if they hope to win their matches.
“We have to fight to win this tournament by God’s grace,” the forward was quoted as saying by the team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu.
“We have to show our strength as a team, we have to show confidence, individual talent, what the coaches
have taught us and everything that will give us the edge against all the countries who have qualified for this World Cup,” said the player who scored six goals at the FIFA U17 World Cup won by Nigeria two years ago in Dubai.
Iheanacho also pledged to give his best to the nation.
“I am 100 per cent ready to make an impact at this World Cup, even more than at the U17 World Cup,” he said.
“We want to win something for Nigeria as a team, and I hope I can do good things for the team.
“There is a lot to say about this team because we have a lot of potentials. We are individually talented.”
Another Flying Eagles player, Bernard Bulbwa, also expressed his preparedness for the competition saying he hopes to score a wonder goal at the World Cup similar to the one he scored in the African championship.
The 19-year-old Esperance of Tunisia player scored a wonder goal at the African Youth Championship this year in Senegal.
“I hope I can score an even more beautiful goal here at the World Cup in New Zealand,”Bulbwa was quoted by Samm Audu.
“I don’t score too many goals but my coaches will tell you that when I score, I score some beautiful goals.” said the player whose performance earned him a five-year contract with the Tunisian club.
“After that goal everybody wanted to know who I was and the night after that game, a fan even bought me a watch worth 450 Euros.”
“I was happy to have made millions of Nigerians happy with that goal,” he said.
“I tried to control the ball from a cross by Izu Omego, but it stayed up and the next thing I did was to volley it home. When I did this, I knew it was a goal.
Nigeria will play her first match of the World Cup in the early hours of Tuesday.
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