FIFA U17 WC: "We're unstoppable" Golden Eaglets Boast
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Golden Eaglets duo of Peter Olawale and Peter Ogba believe tonight's encounter against Netherlands will be "a tough encounter".
Nigeria's Golden Eaglets face off against the European Champions in the early hours of Wednesday - 12 am to be precise - in the Round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Estadio Olimpico.
For striker Olawale, the encounter is "going to be very tight because they are a very strong side” but midfielder Agba is confident of a win.
"Doesn’t matter if they have won the Europe Cup twice, that’s not our business. We are Nigeria, we are the defending champions so we can still win a game," Agba insists.
Nigeria beat Hungary 4:2 in the opening encounter, came from behind to win 3:2 against Equador before losing 2:1 to Australia in the final group game.
Striker Peter Olawale who is yet to get a goal in the tournament insists he isn't bothered about getting the goals for as long as the team progresses.
"As an attacker I feel it is not about me scoring the goals. It is about the team progressing. It is how we play as a team from the defence line to the attack line cos I believe anybody can score a goal so it is about we all progressing."
He adds that with "unity" and if the Golden Eaglets "play as a team," Nigeria "definitely progress to the next round."
On his part, Peter Agba maintains that the Golden Eaglets are "unstoppable so long as we can play as a team, so long as we can listen to the coach’s instruction."
"They have given us the instruction, it is for us to put it into action," Agba adds.
The midfielder who has mostly played from the bench says anyone called upon in today's encounter will give 100% to ensure victory.
"I trust everyone that is playing and we that are sitting on the bench, we will be supportive. And if given the opportunity to play, we will go out there and show what we have."
Meanwhile, Coach Manu Garba says that the will to win is part of Nigeria’s DNA, and the Class of 2019 is no exception. However, head that to be able to achieve this, his Eaglets must overcome the disappointment of the unexpected loss to Australia in their final group game.
The World Cup winning manager also insists the team must seize the encounter with the Dutch by the scruff rather than wait for any comeback performance as they did in their first two group games.