Five-time world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have been tipped as favourites when they confront Netherlands in Tuesday’s Round of 16 clashes at the FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Golden Eaglets topped their Group B table after winning two matches (defeated Hungary 4-2 and Ecuador 3-2) and losing one (1-2 to Australia). Victories over Hungary and Ecuador were obtained at the Estadio Olimpico while the loss to Australia was in Brasilia.
Now, the Nigerian youngsters are back at the familiar surroundings of Estadio Olimpico and are determined to go all out for victory against the Dutch on Tuesday night.
Nigeria forward Ibrahim Sa’id is the only player to have scored a hat-trick at the tournament, and team captain Samson Tijani has also weighed in with two goals – both against Hungary in a tough-as-nails opener. Olakunle Olusegun, Akinkunmi Amoo, and Wisdom Ubani are yet to be among the goals and look forward to the game against the Dutch to make their mark.
Head Coach Manu Garba told the world media in Brazil that the will to win is part of Nigeria’s DNA, and the Class of 2019 is no exception. However, his Eaglets must overcome the disappointment of the unexpected loss to Australia in their final group game, and seize the encounter with the Dutch by the scruff rather than wait for any comeback performance.
“We will look to have the initiative from the beginning against the Netherlands. This is the knockout stage and falling behind at any stage could be tricky,” admitted captain Tijani.
The match will kick-off at 8pm Brazil time (midnight in Nigeria).
BRAZIL 2019 ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
Tuesday: Angola Vs Korea Republic; Nigeria Vs the Netherlands
Wednesday: Japan Vs Mexico; Spain Vs Senegal; Brazil Vs Chile; France Vs Australia
Thursday: Ecuador Vs Italy; Paraguay Vs Argentina
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have maintained their perfect start at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament ongoing in Brazil.
The team continued their winning streak on Tuesday night in Goiania with a brilliant fightback against Ecuador in the second Group B match of the competition.
The fascinating match began with a superb performance from Ibrahim Sa’id who netted the opener for the five-time champions just five minutes after kickoff.
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Moments later, defender Daniel Jinadu made a mistake which led to an own goal against Nigeria as Ecuador grabbed an equaliser and sustained it till the end of the first half.
Barely 10 minutes after the restart, the Eaglets got committed a foul in the box-18 while Johan Mina set the South American side on the lead with a goal from the penalty spot.
However, Nigeria’s hopes of winning were revived again when Sa’id scored an equaliser in the eighty-fifth minute and reclaimed the lead for the Eaglets four minutes later.
With Saíd’s hat-trick, Nigeria sit top of Group B with six points while Ecuador are second with three points.
On the other hand, Hungary and Australia, who will meet on Wednesday, are third and fourth on the table.
The Eaglets beat Hungary 4-2 in the opening match while Ecuador defeated Australia 2-1.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for a fantastic beginning in the group opening match of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2019.
Nigeria Under-17 football team opened Brazil 2019 with a 4-2 win over Hungary, signaling their readiness to win the FIFA Championship for an unprecedented sixth time.
In a message to the team after the spectacular performance on Saturday night, President Buhari praised the boys for the determination to excel which they displayed throughout the match despite the brilliant performance of their opponents.
“It was a wonderful display that I am very proud of. You showed that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination and perseverance.
“I have followed your journey leading to your arrival in Brazil for the competition. I have equally noted your determination and confidence throughout your preparations.
“I have no doubt in my mind that you are determined to win the competition for an unparalleled sixth time,” the president said in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Speaking further, he assured them of his continuing personal support and that of Nigerians for the entire period of the tournament.
The President also urged the team to continue demonstrating the resilient spirit of the Nigerian, and bring the cup home, adding that he will personally be monitoring their progress in the tournament.
President Buhari equally congratulated the handlers of the team, urging them to be sensitive to the needs of the youngsters in their burning desire to bring victory and honour to their fatherland.
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have begun their campaign for a record sixth title at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on a winning note.
The five-time champions fought from a goal down to beat Hungary 4-2 in their opening Group B game played at the Olympic Stadium in Goiana.
Hungary looked to be holding on to their 2-1 lead from the first half before Usman Ibrahim drew Nigeria level in the 79th minute.
Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi put the Eaglets in front for the very first time when he nodded home from the far post.
Skipper, Samson Tijani, completed a superb comeback with a wonderfully crafted free-kick five minutes from time.
The Golden Eaglets will face Ecuador on Tuesday, October 29 in the same venue.
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will tackle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil.
The five – time world champions touched down in Goiania on Tuesday from Sao Paulo, the city they had their training tour and the team swung into action with training session in preparation for the class against the East European side.
Coach Manu Garba and his assistants have restated their determination to ensure a successful outing and making sure that no stone is left unturned as they continue to impart tactical and technical knowledge to the players ahead of the game against Hungary.
Garba who described the Hungary tie is very important tie said that “winning the opening game is crucial in building the confidence level in the team.”
“We are looking forward to the game against Hungary with great expectations of having a good game and winning the maximum points at stake,” he stated.
Speaking further, he said: “Any team from Europe that qualified for a tournament like this, must definately be a good side, but we will approach the game with every seriousness it deserves to give Nigerians back home something positive to cheer at the end of 90 minutes.”
Both teams are not new to each other as the Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 3-1 at the quarter – final stage of the maiden edition of the tournament in 1985 enroute to becoming the first country to win the tournament, after the team defeated Germany 2-0 in the final.
The quest for the Eaglets to conquer the world again begin in few hours time and dispatching Hungary will indeed be a strong display of intent towards winning a sixth world title, after victories in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015.
Nigeria will also play Ecuador and Australia in the group phase.
The Nigeria Women’s Football League has announced that the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4 will kick off on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
According to a statement released by the league body, the four participating clubs: Adamawa Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens and Rivers Angels are expected to arrive in Lagos on Tuesday, 29 October.
The pre-match meetings and press conference will be done on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, while the official warm-ups have been fixed for Thursday, 31 October.
The matches will begin on Friday, November 1, 2019, with two games to be played. Saturday, 2nd November, is rest day while the third place and the final match will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have landed in the city of Gioania, Brazil, where the team will tackle Hungary at the Estadio Olimpico in Saturday’s opening match of Group B at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.
Players and the officials were received by FIFA and local organizing committee officials at the airport, before heading to their hotel at the Metropolis area of the city.
The Eaglets have been in Brazil since October 10, precisely in the city of Sao Paulo, where they had their training camp and played three warm up games against Sao Paulo U 17 side, which they lost 1-2, before defeating South Korea 4-2 and then losing by the odd goal to Japan.
Nigeria, champions in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015 will tussle with Hungary, Australia and Ecuador in Group B of the competition that has 24 countries competing for glory.
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2019 GROUPS
GROUP A: Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Angola
GROUP B: Nigeria, Hungary, Ecuador, Australia
GROUP C: Korea Republic, Haiti, France, Chile
GROUP D: USA, Senegal, Japan, Netherlands
GROUP E: Spain, Argentina, Tajikistan, Cameroon
GROUP F: Solomon Islands, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico
Five-time world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have arrived in Brazil for the 2019 FIFA World Cup finals scheduled for October 26 to November 17.
A team of 25 players and nine officials departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Wednesday evening for Dubai, where they connected another flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Four players would be cut from the roster after the preparatory period before the unveiling of a final list of 21 players that would make the World Cup squad ahead of the opening encounter.
Nigeria won the tournament in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015, but missed the 2017 finals in India.
Head Coach Manu Garba, who led the 2013 winners, is optimistic that the team is in Brazil to reclaim the trophy.
The early departure will afford the Golden Eaglets a full two-week final preparatory period, before their opening Group B match of the tournament against Hungary in Goiania on October 26.
Nigeria’s second group match will be against Ecuador at the same venue three days later and they will conclude the group action with Australia in the capital, Brasilia on November 1.
The 25 players who arrived in Brazil on Thursday are listed below:
Goalkeepers: Sunday Stephen, Joseph Oluwabusola, and Daniel Jinadu.
Defenders: Charles Etim, Ogaga Oduko, Usman Ibrahim, Clement Ikenna, Shedrack Tanko, Quadri Edun, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi, and Simon Omon.
Midfielders: Samson Tijani, Akinkunmi Amoo, Daniel Francis, Ibraheem Jabaar, Ibrahim Sa’id, Monsuru Opeyemi, Fawaz Abdullahi, Idris Eletu-Odibo, Malcolm Ebowei, and Peter Agba.
Forwards: Olakunle Olusegun, Wisdom Ubani, Divine Nwachukwu, and Mayowa Abayomi.
Two-time African champions, the Golden Eaglets Nigeria have finished as winners of Group A at the ongoing Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania after forcing Uganda to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The result also sealed Nigeria’s place at the 18th Edition of the Fifa U-17 World Cup that will take place in Brazil.
In a pattern that has stuck with them since the tournament began, the Golden Eaglets created a basketful of chances, wasting them one after the other, starting from Akinkunmi Amoo’s poor touch after a sweet team move in the 17th minute.
Three minutes later, Wisdom Ubani lashed a shot narrowly over the bar from a free-kick, and at the other end, Uganda came close to taking the lead when Samson Kasozi headed the ball against the upright from a corner.
Nigeria had another narrow escape in the 25th minute as the East Africans put their feet on the throttle. Four minutes later, Amoo wasted too much time when clear on goal, and on the dot of half time, with the goal at his mercy, the striker headed the ball far away from goal.
Uganda’s goalkeeper Jack Komakech saved from Fawaz Abdullahi and Ubani within two minutes of the restart, and in the 58th minute, Andrew Kawooya rocked goalkeeper Sunday Stephen’s crossbar with a fierce drive from a free-kick.
In the 70th minute, Uganda drew blood as the Nigeria defence line ball-watched from a corner kick. Davis Ssekajja’s pull only got a slight touch from Sunday Stephen, and substitute John Alou had the simplest task of nodding into an empty net.
Two minutes later, with the goalkeeper to beat, Wisdom Ubani – who got a brace against Tanzania on the opening day but is yet to add to that despite his high work rate and activity – wasted another clear chance. But a minute later, Nigeria were level as Ibraheem Jabaar read a long pass from substitute Olakunle Olusegun quite well and pushed it beyond onrushing goalkeeper Komakech with the Ugandan defence in no man’s land.
Two minutes later, a typical fierce Ubani shot was punched away by Komakech.
In Wednesday’s semifinals, the Golden Eaglets will clash with the second placed team in Group B, which would be sorted out on Sunday as leaders Cameroon confront Senegal and Guinea will tackle Morocco.
Angola join Nigeria in the semi-finals from Group A, following their 4-2 defeat of Tanzania.
The reigning world champions will begin the qualifying tournament for the African U-17 Championship that will hold in August.
Coach Manu Garba will take charge of the team after Emmanuel Amuneke was promoted with his team to the U-20 side.
Manu will also conduct open screening at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.
Officials have confirmed that players born after January 1, 2000, are eligible for the screening.
Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup a record fifth time at the last edition held in Chile in 2015.
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a reward of 2 million Naira each to members of the nation’s Under-16 Golden Eaglets that won the 1985 FIFA Championship when he was military Head of State.
The President announced the rewards at a presidential reception organised for outstanding athletes and officials who did Nigeria proud in recent sporting competitions.
The event was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President told the sportsmen and women to ensure that the administration’s policy of change reflects in the way they do things.
He said that what he had done is not a compensation for winning laurels for the country but a token of appreciation for their patriotic efforts.
Buhari, however, caused a stir when he first mistakenly announced rewards of N200million each for the 1985 Eaglets.
Amidst excitement in the hall, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, mounted the podium to correct the error.