U-20 W/Cup: F’ Eagles Determined To Beat Germany

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Sweden’s Sofia Jakobsson (10) knocked off the ball by Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala (8) during the first half of a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8, 2015.
Sweden’s Sofia Jakobsson (10) knocked off the ball by Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala (8) during the first half of a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8, 2015.

Nigeria’s  Flying  Eagles are determined to overcome Germany when both teams clash tomorrow morning in the second round of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup  in New Zealand.
After bouncing back from an opening day defeat to five times champions Brazil to beat North Korea and Hungary to advance, the Manu Garba tutored youngsters have promised to learn from the opening day defeat to Brazil.
The players were unanimous that they were at fault for the loss and vowed not to allow Germany get under their skin.
As European Champions, the Germans are coming with a lot of clout but coach Garba has said that they would throw everything at them to ensure that their dream of winning the U-20 World Cup for Nigeria for the first time remains on track.
Meanwhile the  Eagles had to battle the cold and wind for their first training at the Ferrymead Park in Christchurch ahead of the  Round of 16 clash.
Yesterday night’s training was under floodlights under a cold chill with a strong wind. The temperature was put at a “warm” 16 degrees, but locals warned that it will be much colder on match day as forecasts say it will be between 10-0 degrees then.
However, fullback Mustapha Abdullahi said he was not affected by the adverse weather conditions.
“I like playing under the cold because I last a lot longer, I don’t get tired easily. Once you get properly warmed up, you will be fine,” he said.
Skipper Musa Mohammed missed the session as he was at the dentist over a bad tooth ache.
“I feel a lot better now and I will be ready to play on Thursday,” Mohammed reassured on his return from the dentist.
Team spirit was sky-high as players sang on their way from training to their Rydges Hotel, which was completely rebuilt after it was partially destroyed during the February 2011 earthquake which killed 185 people.
The players’ confidence was further boosted when Nigerian residents in Christchurch treated them to local dishes of Semovita, pounded yam with Egusi soup.
The team’s final training will be a 1pm local time on Wednesday.
The match will kick off at 7.30 pm tomorrow,  which is 8.30am in Nigeria.