IT will be a Titanic battle when Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets battle Mexico in a  FIFA U17 World Cup semi-final today.

Nigeria are looking forward to successfully defend the World Cup and continue their superiority over Mexico, who were runners-up in the last edition in UAE two years ago.

Amuneke  said his team must be at their best against the Baby  El Tri, who will be hard pressed to avenge  their losses at  the last tournament. “The Mexicans are a very good side and their performance so far at Chile 2015 is an indication that they have a very solid structure back home,” he noted.

The team of Nigeria lineup before the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup 2015 group A match between Chile and Nigeria at Estadio Sausalito on October 20, 2015 in Vina del Mar, Chile. FIFA
The team of Nigeria lineup before the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup 2015 group A match between Chile and Nigeria at Estadio Sausalito on October 20, 2015 in Vina del Mar, Chile. FIFA

“But we are working to ensure that the players are mentally  ready for this big match.”

Both teams have met three times at this competition with Nigeria winning two and Mexico winning one.

Their first meeting was at the second edition of the competition in Canada in 1987, which Mexico beat Nigeria 1-0 in a group match.

Nigeria beat Mexico at the UAE 2013 twice, 6-1 in the group stage and 3-0 in the final.

Sunday’s clash will be a clash between one of the most potent attacks at this World Cup against one of the tightest defences.

The coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led Eaglets are a high scoring side having netted 17 times in the competition, while the Mexicans have a very solid defensive record so far in Chile having conceded just two goals.

Eight-goal Victor Osimhen led attack line have a big task in their hands to get the goals, while Mexico defenders will have their hands full to stop the rampaging Eaglets strike force, who though will be missing Funsho Bamiboye, who is suspended.

 

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