Flying Eagles head coach, Ladan Bosso has expressed confidence that his players will not be intimidated by hosts Argentina in the Round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup.
According to Bosso, he expects the Flying Eagles to be brave in the face of the physicality of the opponents and the capacity crowd expected at the venue.
Argentina have had an impressive run in the tournament so far, winning all three of their group-stage matches against Uzbekistan, Guatemala, and New Zealand. They have scored 10 goals and conceded only one, making them one of the favorites for the title based on both their historical success and current form.
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Despite a strong start with victories, including a commanding win against Italy, the Flying Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat against Brazil in La Plata on Saturday, with some bookmakers unsure of Nigeria’s chances against the hosts.
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Bosso said on Tuesday, as his boys prepared for their official training session that his Flying Eagles will be ready to give as much as they receive in Wednesday’s encounter.
“This is the World Cup and it is wrong to underrate any team. We won two of our three matches and had the same number of points in our group as Brazil and Italy. We are no pushovers in this campaign.
“It is going to be an interesting game. We want the quarter-final ticket and the Argentines also want the quarter-final ticket. We will go in there and dig our feet into the ground.”