Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will resume their quest for a record fifth world title at the under-17 stage when they meet South American giants Brazil in a quarterfinal game at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile on Sunday.
Still riant from a 6-0 demolition of Australia, head coach of Nigeria Emmanuel Amuneke and his troops will be eager to take one step close to their title dream.
It is quite surprising to add that Nigeria have never met Brazil at this level in a Fifa tournament before and so Sunday’s game might take another dimension for both sides.
The Eaglets however faced this same Brazil team a few weeks ago at the Suwon Invitational tournament in Suwon, South Korea with Nigeria claiming a 2-1 win over the South Americans.
Brazil finished in second place behind South Korea in Group B with six points from three games while Nigeria topped Group A amassing six points from three games.
The Eaglets dispatched Australia with aplomb in the round of 16, hitting the Young Joeys six times without a reply while Brazil left it late to the last kick of the game to edge out New Zealand
Road to quarterfinals
United States 0-2 Nigeria
Chile 1-5 Nigeria
Nigeria 1-2 Croatia
Round of 16
Nigeria 6-0 Australia
South Korea 1-0 Brazil
Brazil 1-0 England
Guinea 1-3 Brazil
Round of 16
New Zealand 0-1 Brazil
Nigeria will rely on Victor Osimhen who is the leading scorer in the competition. The tall, rangy youngster has continued from where he stopped at the Caf Africa Under-17 championship where he scored four goals.
He has led the line admirably for Nigeria and will look to add to his goals tally when Nigeria meet Brazil on Sunday at the Estadio Sausalito, Vina Del Mar in Chile.
Leandro Henrique will be the man the Eaglets should cast an eye on at the opposing end even though Amuneke has insisted his team will not be carried away by their emphatic 6-0 win over Australia in the last round.
“Our match against Brazil on Sunday is not a cup final but I agree with you that it is not going to be an easy match either,” Amuneke told thenff.com.
“This is one more game towards our objectives; the Brazilian team is very good and over a month ago, we beat them 2-1 at the Suwon U-17 Youth International Tournament in South Korea.
“We have seen the stuff they are made of but it would be a totally different ball game on Sunday because this is a World Cup match and not a friendly match or a pre-World Cup tournament.
“But I’m hopeful, we are going to put up a good fight against them on Sunday.”