A relieved Samson Siasia has backed his players to take full advantage of the second chance they have been given to push for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup trophy.
Siasiaâ€™s posse endured a miserable first round campaign, losing to Venezuela and Spain before handing a 5-0 battering to Tahiti to sneak into the last 16.
Coach and players have faced a barrage of criticism, but as they go into tomorrow’s showdown against Germany, Siasia has backed his wards to come good.
â€œIf you watch these guys play against Spain, you will know that they know how to play but we needed a break to discover what the problem was and God has given us the needed break,â€ he said.
â€œWe need to utilize the chance this break has just given us. This is a miracle and things like this donâ€™t happen everyday.
â€œI have never been to any tournament where I worry my head over calculations of praying to make it to the next round through best third placed team or whatever. But I thank God that we have gotten another chance to correct our mistakes and to make our fans happy.
â€œNow that we have got this chance, I donâ€™t think we are ready to lose it. We will continue to work very hard to get to the final of this competition and strive to eventually win the trophy. It is not an insurmountable task, with hard work and luck on our side,â€ Siasia assured.
The Flying Eagles dominated possession in all three group games, but ended up scoring less goals than Venezuela and Spain. Siasia says he is confident that will change against Germany.
â€œI have often told them that keeping possession without scoring will not take us anywhere. We need to score goals. But now that the boys have managed to scale through to the next stage of the competition I am very sure that they will up their game and start scoring the goals.â€Nigeria play Germany in Suez on Wednesday.