Flying Eagles coach Paul Aigbogun says his players are aware of the pedigree of Nigeria in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and cannot afford to underperform at the 2019 edition in Poland, reports Completesports.com.
The Flying Eagles are two-time runners up in the competition – 1989 and in 2005, and Aigbogun admits that a good start to their campaign will give the team a good chance of equaling the feat of their predecessors.
“We have a tough history to match. Silver medals on two occasions and bronze medal once, and a number of quarter-final appearances,”Aigbogun told thenff.com on Thursday.
“That’s why we must start very well, by taking the points against Qatar and then march on with confidence and self-assurance.
“We are flying the flag of nearly 200 million Nigerians, as well as that of the African continent. We have put a lot of work into building a squad that will make Nigeria and Africa proud.”
The Flying Eagles will take on Qatar in their opening match of Group D at the Tychy Stadium. Both teams have never met at this level before. The game kicks off at 5pm Nigerian time.
By Johnny Edward