Nigeria take on Mexico in Fifa U-17 World Cup
Golden Eaglets of Nigeria open their campaign today against holders and two-time champions Mexico in the Fifa under 17 World cup at the United Arab Emirates.
This very match has been tagged the “clash of the titans” because of the history behind the two teams. Nigeria are the only team to win the event three times other than Brazil, while Mexico the holder have won the under 17 twice.
Nigeria coach Manu Garba, said the match could well be a dress rehearsal for the final, and it will be a cracker of a game and he won’t be sparing an inch
“We are taking the first match against Mexico as if we were in the final against them. They are a strong team but we are coming here well prepared,” revealed Garba, whose team suffered a blow earlier this year when they lost the continental tournament — the African U-17 Championship — to Ivory Coast on penalties in April
“We have won the title three times and also have few titles in Asia. We want to return from here with the fourth title,” declared Garba, adding that the team had acclimatised well to the conditions here.
“We had good two weeks of training in Dubai and have been here in Al Ain for the past two days. The training has gone well and the boys are already feeling at home. So far everything has gone right, as per our plans and we are ready,” said Garba.
The Mexicans won 1-0 in Canada in 1987, although it was the Africans who went through to the next round by virtue of their superior goal difference.