'I'm happy with the result' - Flying Eagles boss reacts after six-goal thriller against Colombia 

Published: May 17, 2023
'I'm happy with the result' - Flying Eagles boss reacts after six-goal thriller against Colombia 

Flying Eagles coach Ladan Bosso  was delighted with the outcome of the friendly match between Nigeria and Colombia at the  October 20 Stadium, Tristán Suárez on Tuesday evening. 


Substitute Emmanuel Umeh salvaged a draw for Nigeria when he found the net in the 89th minute while Jude Sunday, with a powerful shot from outside the box in the 44th minute, and Ibrahim Beji Muhammad at minute 77 were the other scorers for the seven-time African champions.


Colombia took the lead in the 26th minute when Abel Ogwuche put the ball into his own net. 


Óscar Cortés netted from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 just before halftime before Watford midfielder Yáser Asprilla scored to give the South Americans a 3-1 lead with seventeen minutes left on the clock. 



The  Nigeria Football Federation organized the friendly against the Tricolors to prepare the Flying Eagles for a potentially troublesome match at the World Cup against five-time world champions Brazil.


Bosso was full of warm words for the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for organizing the friendly with Colombia.


"We thank the NFF leadership for organizing such a good test for the team. I am happy with the result. This will bolster the team mentally and psychologically for the World Cup starting in a few days," Bosso told thenff.com. 

"The match has provided us with a stiff test and has also strengthened us for the big task ahead.

"We are focused on the big challenge ahead, which is to put up a creditable performance that will match the pedigree of our country at this championship. 

"Our ultimate target is to have a good campaign and with this result, we will be very ready for our first match against the Dominican Republic on Sunday."


Nigeria start their campaign at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup against Dominican Republic on Sunday, May 21, and then face the Italians three days later, before rounding off the group stage against Brazil on May 27.


The Flying Eagles players and officials will fly into Mendoza on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their first game against the Dominican Republic.



Ferdinand Mbum 



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