Former Flying Eagles player, Etim Esin, has predicted that the Round of 16 game between Nigeria’s Flying Eagles and their German counterparts at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand will be a difficult one.
The Flying Eagles who finished second in their group are billed to face the Germans on Thursday and opinions are divided on how the game will pan out.
“It is going to be a difficult game,” Esin told PREMIUM TIMES. “As it is right now, if we get out of that stage it will be good for us,” he said.
The 48-year-old former attacking midfielder advised the team to play a defensive game against the attack-minded Germans who scored as much as 16 goals in the group phase.
“The team needs to work and focus more on their defense against the German side because it will determine their stay in the tournament,” he said.
“I was worried about them performing but if they get their applications right they will win,” he said.
“We have been scoring goals and it should continue that way, I really see determination on their faces,” Esin concluded.
On his part also, Head Coach of the Nigeria U-20 team, Manu Garba, has said his team is ready to withstand any team that comes their way including Germany.
“Our next game is against Germany, but we are ready for any team, because if we want to be champions we have to be ready for of them,” he told FIFA.COM
The U20 flying Eagles made it out of the group stages after crushing Hungary and finishing second in the Group E of the tournament.