Eaglets ready for Sweden

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Rampant Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will seek passage to the next round of the U17 World Cup when they face debutants Sweden  tomorrow.

Both teams won their first games, the Eaglets smashed past defending champions Mexico 6-1, while Sweden beat Iraq 4-1.

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -  Nigerian players  celebrate the fourth goal during the FIFA U17 World Cup group F match between Mexico and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by FIFA/FIFA)

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Nigerian players celebrate the fourth goal during the FIFA U17 World Cup group F match between Mexico and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by FIFA/FIFA)

Nigeria thus set the pace in Group F with 3 points, same points as second placed Sweden but have superior goal difference of +5 as against Sweden’s +3. Three points in the next game in Al Ain will propel the Eaglets to the next stage of the competition.

Sweden debuted in the UEFA U17 European Championship this year, where they reached the semi-final and lost 10-9 on penalties to eventual winners Russia.

The most dangerous player in the Sweden rank is striker Gustav Engvall, who scored a brace in their opening game against Iraq.

Eaglets coach Manu Garba has insisted they will not underrate Sweden as there won’t be any easy game at the tournament.

“There is no and won’t be any easy game at this tournament and we are not going to underrate Sweden because we beat Mexico 6-1,” he said.

”We are going to approach the match against Sweden with the same manner as we did against Mexico because our objective is to win the fourth title for Nigeria.”

The Nigeria strike force of Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho has already caught the eye with a total of five goals between them from their opening game.

The kick-off of the match is 5pm Nigerian time.

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