Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbogun, has said that his team is prepared for their round 16 game against the Junior Teranga Lions of Senegal at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Nigeria U20 handler stated that, although his team respects their opponent, they are not afraid of them ahead of the tie on Monday in Lodz, Poland.
Flying Eagles who finished third in Group D and are one of the best losers in the tournament face their African counterparts who topped Group A, having won two and drawn one.
The Senegalese side also defeated Nigeria 2-0 when they met at the final of the Wafu U20 tournament, but Aigbogun is positive his team can get a victory this time around.
“It will be African to the African team. They are a good team and we will show them respect but we won’t fear them,” the former Enyimba manager told the team’s official media office.
“We have watched them play right from the U20 Championship and during the Wafu Cup of Nations. We have to be at our best to beat them. Any team at the competition from now henceforth will be tough opposition and we must prepare very well.”
The tactician also reflected on his team's draw against eventual group winners, Ukraine, revealing that his boys played to his instructions throughout the game.
“We knew it would be a difficult game because we knew that Ukraine is a very organized team and are also very disciplined,” he stated.
“We had a good look at them and planned for them. The players were organized and kept to the plans from the beginning to the end.
“We were a bit predictable in the first half because we knew either a win or a draw would take us through.
“The players were making sure they didn’t concede any goal but once they let-in a goal and also lost a penalty kick, what we told them during the half-time was that we can’t afford to lose the game. They also knew that we must score. They expressed themselves better and were able to get a goal.”