Highly-rated Flying Eagles winger Success Makanjuola has vowed to score as a birthday gift for him when Nigeria battles Qatar at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland on Friday.
The Water FC of Abuja player, who is already attracting interest from top European clubs, will turn 18 on Friday, 24th May, same day the Flying Eagles are opening their campaign at the World Cup.
“It is going to be a special day for me because on Friday is my birthday, and the only birthday gift I’m praying to get is to score a goal in the game against Qatar and help my country pick all three points in the game,” Makanjuola said.
“We know it’s not going to be easy but with the kind of preparations we’ve had, the entire squad is confident that we can start the tournament on a winning note and that will be the best birthday gift I can ever ask for.”
Makanjuola is one of the most exciting players in the current Flying Eagles squad following his impressive displays in the team’s build-up to the World Cup, and he is one of the players to watch out for at this year’s World Cup.
Nigeria is hoping to win the FIFA Under 20 World Cup for the first time in Poland and Flying Eagles Coach Paul Aigbogun has emphasized the need for his boys to begin their campaign on a winning note against a Qatari side he believes will not be a pushover.