Nigeria’s Flying Eagles hope to get the three points when they meet Qatar today in their opening game of the Poland 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which kicked off yesterday. The Flying Eagles believe that a good start against the Arabs will put them in good stead to win the trophy, which they have twice won the silver medal.
The game kicks off at 5.00 p.m. Nigeria time. The second match of Group D, between Ukraine and USA, will begin at 7.30 p.m. Nigeria time.
Today’s game against Qatar will hold at the 15,300–capacity Tychy Stadium. It is the opening match of Group D and according to team captain, Ikouwem Udoh Utin, it will set the pace for a good outing for Nigeria in the competition.
“It is a big match for us, as every other match in this competition. We know the importance of picking up the three points in our first match, which is why we are determined to go all out“, said Utin
It was also reported that Coach Paul Aigbogun and his assistants have somewhat calibrated a new ensemble, leaving out half of the squad members from the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic in February, where the team earned the ticket to Poland, and infusing a number of exciting talent in midfield and attacking realms.
The choice for the number one shirt is between Detan Ogundare and Olawale Oremade (who was custodian in Niger), Valentine Ozornwafor and Igoh Ogbu are likely to keep their spots in central defence. Captain Ikouwem Utin would be at left back, while Jamil Muhammad could be at right back.
“We have a tough history to match. Silver medals on two occasions and bronze medals once, and a number of quarterfinal appearances. That’s why we must start very well, by taking the points against Qatar and then march on with confidence and self-assurance, said Aigbogun.