May 26, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s Flying Eagles arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ahead of their crucial FIFA Under-20 World Cup Group D encounter with Brazil at the Estadio Unico Diego Maradona this weekend with coach Ladan Bosso in a confident mood.
Having secured victories in their first two group matches against the Dominican Republic and Italy in Mendoza, the Ladan Bosso-led team currently sits at the top of the standings. Bosso, buoyed by the team’s recent 2-0 win over Italy, expressed confidence in facing Brazil, noting that the five-time champions could suffer a similar fate to the Young Azzuris.
Although the Flying Eagles have historical been unable to defeat Brazil at the U20 World Cup, with four losses and only one draw in their five previous encounters, Bosso remains undeterred. The Brazilian team, who bounced back with a 6-0 victory over the Dominican Republic after a 3-2 defeat to Italy in their opening match, is highly regarded.
However, Bosso affirmed that his squad is prepared for the challenge and hinted at the inclusion of other players to face the formidable South American opponents. In light of criticism from Nigerian fans and the local media regarding his team selection and tactics, Bosso dedicated the win over Italy to his detractors.
He acknowledged that these criticisms have kept him on his toes, and assured the public that the team will continue to progress as the tournament unfolds. With the final match determining the winner of Group D, the encounter between Nigeria and Brazil on Saturday night in La Plata holds immense significance for both teams.