Tuesday, November 5

SPORT: It Is The Cup Or Nothing, Golden Eaglets Vows To Wipe Sweden

The Nigeria's under 17 team, Golden Eaglets have promised Nigerians a goals feast in today’s FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal match with Sweden at Rashid Stadium, Dubai.

Eaglets have scored 20 goals in five matches, the most by any team in the tournament holding in the United Arab Emirates and as they gear up for another match with the Swedes, who they   held to a 3-3 thrilling draw at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, in their 2nd group stage match, earlier in the tournament.

Nigerians, who could only manage to score twice in Saturday’s quarter final win against Uruguay, say goals will come aplenty against the Scandinavians.

“I am confident the team will score many goals against Sweden”, said midfielder Akinjide Idowu, ruled out of today’s game because of two yellow cards. “Even though I am not going to play, I am very confident that the other players will do well.

Sweden are good but we want this win more and are ready to go the extra mile to achieve our target”,added Idowu at the pre-match conference.

Also speaking, Coach Manu Garba said the match will be played with all seriousness, noting that “we can’t afford to go back to Nigeria empty handed without the cup. These boys will win tomorrow (today) and go on to win the Cup.

It’s the Cup or nothing for us. The game will be tight but the players are ready to score many goals against Sweden.

“I repeat that it is the Cup or nothing for us. We have come a long way and can’t afford to lose now. We will beat Sweden”, added Garba, who conceded that Sweden are good in the air.

“They have tall players, which make them good with aerial balls but I have the antidote to cut off their crosses”

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