By John Egbokhan
Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa, has told the Flying Eagles to be ruthless in attack when they confront Germany in tomorrowâ€™s second round match at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
Ndanusa, who like most Nigerians, was far from impressed with the display of the Flying Eagles in the group stage, said that the team must learn from their failings and put up improved performances beginning with the match against a German side, who won all their group matches, with commanding ease.
â€œI hope to see a team that would convert their scoring chances and defend with discipline because this is the knockout stage and any mistake might prove costly. I expect the coach to ring in the changes that would see us put up a better performance.
â€œHaving gotten this far, the players have been given a second chance to put in the extra push, which we hope would take them closer to their target. But they must play with more urgence in front of goals because they missed so many scoring chances in their last matchesâ€, added Ndanusa, who urged Siasia to field only the best players in his squad.
â€œHe is the custodian of the team and knows those who can project the Nigerian image to world attention. So I expect him to roll out a good team, who can do us proud in Egyptâ€, said Ndanusa, who enjoined Nigerians to drum up support for the junior national team.
â€œThese boys are the future of tomorrow and we all have to support them to achieve this dream of going further in the Under-20 World Cup. They are our team and it is our collective duty to support them, in whatever conditions that they find themselvesâ€, said Ndanusa.