The Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, are hungry for success at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The Flying Eagles have vowed not to allow the Hungarian U20 team thwart their aspirations as they face them in their final Group E game on Sunday.
The Flying Eagles and their Hungarian counterparts are evenly-matched on three points as they head into Sunday’s early morning duel but the Europeans have a slight advantage as they enjoy a better goals difference of +3 compared to Nigeria’s +2 after two games.
Looking forward to the crucial clash, Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba, said the last win over North Korea has lifted his team’s spirit to beat Hungary on Sunday in order to stay on track for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
After their opening day 4-2 loss to Brazil, the African champions bounced back to winning ways last Thursday as they pummelled Korea DPR 4-0 in their second outing.
A win or a high-scoring draw on Sunday against second-placed Hungary will be enough to see the Flying Eagles through to the knockout stage of the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand.
“Our win against Korea has motivated the team after we lost our first game to Brazil,” Coach Manu declared at Saturday’s official press briefing at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth.
“We want to at least finish second in our group and so we want the maximum points against Hungary.”
He added: “We came here to win every game because we want to win the World Cup. We don’t want to go back home early, we want to be the last team to leave New Zealand.”
Having seen Hungary down Korea 5-1 and also giving Brazil a scare; the Nigeria U20 coach admitted they will be up against a good and well -organised side, who finished fourth in an U-19 European Championship they hosted last year.
“Even as we wish to win this match, we have to say Hungary are a good side. But they cannot afford to stay back in defence against us as they did against Brazil because we have one of the best attacks in this competition,” he said.
Talking about attack, Hungary are by no means blunt either, Bence Mervo, who is currently the tournament’s leading scorer with four goals in two games could prove a handful for the Flying Eagles defenders who were badly exposed in the game against Brazil.
The Flying Eagles/ Hungary duel will be played at 6 a.m. Nigerian time.
The last time Nigeria failed to make it beyond the first round at the FIFA U20 World Cup was 28 years ago at the Chile 1987 edition.
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