Flying Eagles sure of second round
FLYING Eagles Coach, Manu Garba says Nigeria’s 4-0 defeat of North Korea yesterday is the beginning of the country’s journey to the round of 16 of the on-going FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Goals from Saviour Godwin (two), Kingsley Sokari and Isaac Success gave the Flying Eagles their first win in the competition. The Nigerians lost their first match 2-4 to Brazil and need to beat Hungary on Sunday to make the last 16.
Speaking after the game, Garba said his boys were angered by the loss to Brazil, adding that they agreed that the only remedy was to win their remaining games.
According to Garba, “We had a plan for what we wanted to do (in the first half), but they weren’t doing the right thing. We talked to the team and in the second half and they got the job done. Korea DPR have a good side, and they played much better than they did against the Hungarians, but they are lacking when it comes to finishing.”
Garba said his team would not only go out to win their games, but would also strive to entertain the fans. “It’s not all about winning, but it’s about entertaining the crowd, and that’s something that our side did.”
He regretted that his team did not score more goals despite the 4-0 defeat of North Korea, as qualification for the second round could be decided by goals difference.
Hungary beat the North Koreans 5-1 on the opening day and Brazil are expected to massacre the Asians on Sunday in Christ Church.
“I would have loved that we won this game by six, seven goals,” he said, adding, “all the same, the victory was most important for us. And on Sunday our final group game against Hungary will be a must-win.”
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