FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Nigeria battles Uruguay again

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Nigeria’s Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles will face a test of their intention to go into the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, when they face Uruguay in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday.

Uruguay beat Uzbekistan on Saturday 4-0 to win second spot in group F and set up a clash with Nigeria, winners of group B.

Olarenwaju Kayode of Nigeria scores his goal during the FIFA U-20 World Cup group B match between Korea Republic and Nigeria at the Ali Sami Yen Arena on June 27, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (FIFA)

File Photo: Olarenwaju Kayode of Nigeria scores his goal during the FIFA U-20 World Cup group B match between Korea Republic and Nigeria at the Ali Sami Yen Arena on June 27, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (FIFA)

Already Flying Eagles coach, John Obuh is feeling the heat as he prepares his team for the South Americans whose senior team, beat the Super Eagles 2-1 at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Obuh will have to watch out for Nicolas Lopez who emerged as the star of the show in the game against the Uzbekistan team, scoring one and creating another.

Flying Eagles goalkeeper Chukwuneye Okani is optimistic that the team will go far in the tournament. “We are strong contenders for the trophy,” said Okani.

Former youth international, Kehinde Fatai backed the team to reach the final.

“The Flying Eagles have done well, they started slowly but they are doing better game after game,” said Ajiboye, who won the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea.

“The guys have qualities to do well in the tournament. They must take chances that come their way in subsequent games, this is the knockout stage and no room for missing chances as there won’t be a second chance,” stated the Romania-based striker who also appeared at the 2009 World Cup.

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