At midnight today, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will be battling their Netherlands counterparts in a round-of-16 clash at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
The Manu Garba side will face the Dutch side as favourites, having finished as winners of Group B while the opponents finished third in Group D.
Nigeria, five-time champions of the competition, began their campaign with a comeback 4-2 victory over Hungary before defeating Ecuador 3-2 and losing 2-1 to Australia in the other group matches.
The venue of Tuesday night’s encounter is coincidentally the same venue where the Eaglets picked up their two victories so far – the Estadio Olimpico.
Head Coach, Garba, had in a press conference, said the will to win is part of Nigeria’s DNA, and his 2019 lads are ready and willing to claim a 6th world youth title.
Team captain Samson Tijani, however, admitted that his side have been allowing the opposition score first before pulling off a comeback.
“We will look to have the initiative from the beginning against the Netherlands. This is the knockout stage and falling behind at any stage could be tricky,” he said.
Tuesday’s clash will start at 8pm Brazil time (12:00 midnight in Nigeria).