'We certainly do not fear them' - Flying Eagles coach vows to take the fight to bogey team BrazilPublished: May 26, 2023
Brazil and Nigeria will meet at the Estadio Unico Diego Maradona in La Plata on Saturday, and Flying Eagles boss Ladan Bosso is looking forward to the game, hoping for the national team's first victory against the South American giants in a FIFA U20 World Cp in its various guises.
Bosso has vowed that the Flying Eagles will work hard to sustain its winning mentality by taking the fight to Brazil in their final match of Group D
Nigeria have maximum points after two games at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup following wins against Dominican Republic and Italy, and will certainly top Group D with a win or draw against Brazil.
Bosso has expressed confidence that his charges can turn the table against the one team that has remained the Achilles heel of the seven-time African champions at the FIFA U20 World Cup.
"Yes, we acknowledge that Brazil has always been a hard nut to crack for our team at this level. We have lost a number of matches to them over the decades, but there is always a first time," Bosso said.
"We are riding on a wave of robust confidence and though we do not under-rate them, we certainly do not fear them.
"We have been able to fulfill our first objective for this championship: getting to the knockout stages.
"We will take it one match at a time from now onwards. We don't want to take it easy and lose against Brazil; that will not be good for our winning mentality."
Brazil defeated the Flying Eagles 3-0 in Nigeria's first participation at the FIFA U20 World Cup (then known as FIFA World Youth Championship) in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1983.
Two years later, the Brazilians ran out 2-0 winners over Nigeria in the semi-finals, and in 1987 in Chile, Brazil walloped the Flying Eagles 4-0 in their opening game and the Nigerians boys never recovered from the stunning defeat.
However, both teams battled to a scoreless draw in their opening match of Group F at the 2005 finals in The Netherlands.
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