2019 FIFA U20 World Cup: Flying Eagles arrive in Lodz for Senegal game

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The delegation of Nigeria’s U20 team arrived in the city of Lodz on Saturday afternoon, ahead of Monday’s FIFA U20 World Cup Round of 16 clash with fellow African flagbearers Senegal.

Players and officials left their Qubus Hotel in Bielsko-Biala after breakfast and arrived in Poland’s third largest city just in time for lunch at the Hotel Ambasador Premium.

Nigeria finished third in Group D and only qualified as one of the best four third –place finishers in the six groups, while Senegal, Africa’s vice champions, finished at the top of Group A after two wins and a draw.

The seven-time African champions are yet to truly impress in Poland since their opening day 4-0 lashing of Qatar in Tychy, with goals from Maxwell Effiom, Henry Offia, Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen.

A 0-2 loss to USA and 1-1 draw with Ukraine, both in Bielsko-Biala, meant the Flying Eagles had to sneak into the knockout rounds, but the spirit in camp is high following qualification, and the prospect of squaring up to another African team appears to be engendering unspoken steel determination in the playing body.

Nicknamed ‘The Promised Land’, Lodz however does not hold much promise for the African army, as this early knockout round confrontation between Nigeria and Senegal, and the fact that South Africa’s Amajita are already back in Johannesburg following group stage elimination, means depleted African presence going forward. The other African team, Mali, will have to battle Argentina at the same stage on Tuesday evening.

Half of the Round of 16 fixtures are all-Confederation clashes. Apart from Nigeria/Senegal, South American representatives Uruguay and Ecuador are up against each other, as Asians Japan and South korea, and European teams Italy and Poland.

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 FIFA U20 World Cup: Flying Eagles eye another 3 points against USA

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Flying Eagles are targeting another three points that will take them to the championship’s knockout stages as they confront Team USA in their second match of the ongoing  2019 FIFA U20 World Cup on Monday evening.

Venue is the 15,000 –capacity Bielsko-Biala Stadium in the city of the same name, a facility constructed on the site of an old facility and which hosted its last international game in March 2018, when Poland tackled England in an U20 match.

Coach Paul Aigbogun is banking on the flaming form of his boys, who amassed four goals against Qatar in their first match against Qatar in Tychy on Friday, to consume a desperate Team USA still looking for its first point of the finals. The Americans lost 1-2 to Ukraine also on Friday.

“We had a great game against Qatar and we want to stay in that spirit all through the championship. We will not make the mistake of under-rating any team; our approach remains taking it one game at a time. We go in there and fulfill our gameplan of achieving victory.

“It is not going to be an easy match; the Americans are hurt after losing their first game. But we are in good form and we need the three points to assure our place in the Round of 16,” Aigbogun said on Sunday.

Both countries first met at this level in the semi finals of the 1989 edition in Saudi Arabia, with a high –spirited Nigeria side just coming from a miraculous triumph over old Soviet Union in the quarter finals. The Flying Eagles had come from a 0-4 deficit with 15 minutes left on the clock, to tie the encounter with the Soviets in Dammam and went ahead to win on penalties.

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FIFA U20 World Cup: Flying Eagles in great start, spank Qatar 4-0

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Nigeria got off to a flying start at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland on Friday as goals by Maxwell Effiom, Henry Offia and Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru condemned Qatar to a 4-0 defeat in Tychy.

Home –based professional Maxwell Effiom got the seven –time African champions in front after only 12 minutes, and Sweden –based Henry Offia doubled the advantage 12 minutes later.

The two –time FIFA U20 World Cup runners –up kept a firm hand on things from that point on, and Offia should have made it three early in the second half but saw his weak effort parried for a corner kick.

Manchester City of England’s Ayotomiwa showed shrewdness and clinical competence when put through by a great pass, to make it three in the 68th minute.

Defender Aliu Salawudeen, on the books of Amuneke Academy, rifled into the net for Nigeria’s fourth after the ball fell into his path from a corner kick.

The Flying Eagles will head to the city of Bielsko-Biala, where they play the United States of America in their second game on Monday.

 

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Flying Eagles tackle Saudi Arabia ahead of FIFA U20 World Cup

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Nigeria and Saudi Arabia U20 squads are at each other’s jugular in Vienna, Austria on Sunday evening as both teams continue to perfect their preparations for this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.

Both teams were scheduled to clash in a friendly in Jeddah earlier in the year but unforeseen events led to the cancellation. That meeting was meant to prepare seven –time African champions Nigeria for the Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals in Niger Republic in February.

With both teams having qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, Sunday’s encounter has even higher relevance, only weeks before the World Cup opens in Poland.

The match will take place at the Sportschule Lindabrunn in Vienna, capital of Austria, according to Team Administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal.

While the Flying Eagles will confront Qatar, USA and Ukraine in Group D at the FIFA U20 World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia will battle things out with Panama, Mali and France in Group E.

In Saudi Arabia, Nigeria will be looking to have an idea of how Qatar set up and do the business on the field, while in playing Nigeria, the Saudis hope to gain knowledge of what to expect from Mali in Poland.

The Nigeria U20 boys, the Flying Eagles got a surprise visitor at their Germany camp when former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni paid a visit to the team.

Aiyegbeni, who played for Nigeria at the 2000 Olympics in Australia said he decided to visit the team to motivate the players ahead of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.

The former Everton and Portsmouth striker was also happy to reunite with his former teammate Wilson Oruma who is the welfare officer of the team.

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