Nigeria vs Brazil by PressMan
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This will be one of the most entertaining games of this tournament, as the Manu Garba led Nigerian side, with a bulk of his U17 world cup winning squad, face a Brazil side who have found a renewed confidence behind their new coach Rogério Micale.
Nigeria, who have twice lost the finals, come with high hopes and hot boys, the likes of Mancity duo, Iheanacho (World best U17) and C. Nwakali and so many star players, who were missing in action, as the Nigerian team won the African U20 tittle in host Senegal. Nigeria have won the Under-17 World Cup more than any other country (four times), but have yet to repeat the success at the next level. They have a highscoring team, galvanized with dangerous FWs like Success (Granada), Yahaya( Celta Vigo), Awoniyi (Kalmar FF), Chidera Eze (Porto), and Moses Simon (Gent), one of Belgium hottest kids. Also, the stats of kids like Bernard Bulbwa, Musa Mohammed, Ifeanyi Mathew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, etc, may interest you.
Brazil on the other hand, had a poor outing, blamed on former coach, but I don't see them trumping the Nigerian side who shipped 6goals behind a Mexican defending champions--who had never lost a game in 2yrs-- during their U17 days. Yet, expect a tough ride, given that Brazil also have alot of good boys, but Kenedy was forced out of the squad due to appendicitis. Pereira (Man U), Danilo(Braga), Guilherme(Paranense), Gerson(Fluminense) and many others, who had a poor outing in the South American Youth Championship, where they finished fourth behind Colombia who beat them to the 3rd place. Brazil wasn't spectacular in that competition, where I didn't see much of individual brilliance. Yet, Brazilian playmaker Andreas Pereira is one to watch. Based at Manchester United since the age of 15, he was named their under-21 player of the year last season and scored several vital goals for the youth team before making his Premier League debut in March.
“Nigeria always cause us problems. They’re a strong team, technically good with good players. ” Gallo said at a press conference after naming his 26 man provisional list for the tournament.
The last two times they met, Nigeria drew them 0-0 , 2005, then 1:1 the last time they met in June 2013.
Nigerian coach Manu Garba in a recent interview: "everyone knows the Brazilian philosophy – they play the way we want by moving the ball from the rear, they don’t kick long balls" "At U17 level, we are rated no.1 in the world. And half of the team to New Zealand are from the last U17 team. We are a united team who have conquered the world at U17 level and we have now been joined by other players who are more technically balanced than some of them from the U17s. So, I believe we are ready to take on any team" "But I also know that the first match in any tournament is the most important and so we will do all we can to pick up the maximum three points against Brazil, which will go a long way to motivate the team
in subsequent matches" "I could recall Mexico came to last U17 World Cup as defending champions and they had not lost a match for two years. But against a Nigerian side, who did not play a test game for a month, we defeated them 6-1" Now, I could go on and on to show how motivated the Nigerian
side is.. But Kelechi Iheanacho, the dangerous U17World most valuable player, has this to say ““Yes, they have won five times, but that time is past. This is a new generation and a new competition. It will be determined in 90 minutes. “We have to do well as a team, put in our best for us to beat them because they are also a very good team. And then take it on from there and face the other teams in our group””
Finally, I expect a decent support for the Nigerians in Newzealand, given that they're everywhere, and constitute over 60% of the African diasporean population. Also, Nigeria swore in
|Nigeria 1||BetVictor||3.60||8||2-4 LOST (-8 units)|
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