FIFA U17 World Cup: Nigeria Battle Hungary In Opener


The Estadio Olympico, Goiania will come alive on Saturday when five – time world champions in the FIFA U17 World Cup, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria tackle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of the championship taking place in Brazil.

The young football ambassadors from Nigeria touched down in Goiania on Tuesday from Sao Paulo, the city they had their training tour and the team swung into action with a training session in preparation for the class against the East European side. reports that Coach Manu Garba and his assistants are not leaving any stones unturned as they continue to impart tactical and technical knowledge to the players ahead of the game against Hungary, which Garba says is a very important tie adding that “winning the opening game is crucial in building the confidence level in the team.”

He said: “We are looking forward to the game against Hungary with great expectations of having a good game and winning the maximum points at stake.”

“Any team from Europe that qualified for a tournament like this, must definitely be a good side, but we will approach the game with every seriousness it deserves to give Nigerians back home something positive to cheer at the end of 90 minutes.”

Both teams are not new to each other as the Golden Eaglets who have now been rechristened the ‘Super Eaglets’ by FIFA defeated Hungary 3-1 at the quarter – final stage of the maiden edition of the tournament in 1985 on their way to becoming the first ever champions of the tournament when they defeated Germany 2-0 in the final.

The quest for the Eaglets to conquer the world again begins in few hours and dispatching Hungary will indeed be a strong display of intent towards winning a sixth world title, after victories in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015.

Nigeria will also play Ecuador and Australia in the group phase.