Nigeria’s U-17 Head  Coach, Sam John Obuh, and his players arrived Lagos and are staying at the Eko Le Meridien Hotel with their rivals for tomorrow’s semi-final cracker, Spain.

Obuh who stayed back in Lagos on arrival from Qatar to get used to the hostile Lagos crowd urged Lagosians to turn out in good numbers to cheer the team to victory.

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“Support will be very important for us in Lagos against Spain. Spain is a very good team and they have the ability to turn a game on its head, but we will see how we turn it before them”, said Obuh after his boys trounced Korea Republic 3-1 in Calabar on Monday night to earn a semi-final berth.

Obuh promised that his Eaglets would strive to give Lagos the best of youth football not only to entertain but to win as he re-assured that his team are unstoppable in the cadet championship.

“I am not scared of the Lagos fans. They want the best of football and want to see goals. We play attacking football and also supply goals. We want them to support us and we will not disappoint them”, Obuh, a former player of Falcons, now christened Enyimba of Aba said.

Colombia and Switzerland play the first semi-final starting from 4:00 p.m. before the floodlit second semi-final involving the Cup holders and hosts. The match is a repeat of the 2007 final, which Nigeria won on penalties after both teams finished 0-0 at the Seoul World Cup.

Eaglets’ opponents, Spain, also stormed Lagos yesterday with their cooks and personal items that included water. It took extra vehicles to convey their personal items from local airport to their hotel yesterday.


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