Nigeria’s head coach, boasts flying eagles will be clinical against Italy
Written by Adeola Ibrahim on May 24, 2023
Nigeria’s head coach, Ladan Bosso, has promised that his team are set to take on Italy in their second game at the 2023 FIFA u-20 world cup with a win enough for them to reach the knockout phase of the competition on Wednesday.
The two-time u-20 world cup finalists had to come from a goal down to beat debutants Dominican Republic 2-1 on Sunday, squandering several chances.
Bosso confirmed flying eagles missed so many chances and need to work on those chances before the next match against Italy,”
“We stayed back after our match against the Dominican Republic to watch the Italy match against Brazil, and we took a lot of notes from there. The Italians have the midfield machinery to outrun any team that is flustered by their pace and organisation, but we will know how to deal with that.
“We have the boys who can neutralise their mortal armoury and deliver some blows of our own. Today’s encounter will be interesting. We will respect them but we don’t fear any team at this championship.”
NFF Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, told thenff.com that the manner in which the Flying Eagles set up today, and the level of concentration and adherence to game plan, would matter a lot on the day.
“The Italians are a good side, but nothing is given in football until a match is played and ends. It is about the set-up, about the structure of your team and how much you bring to bear what you have noticed about the other team. I’m happy our coaches saw the Italians play the Brazilians and it is now left for us all to put our heads together and devise a winning plan.”
The Italians top Group D ahead of the Flying Eagles only as a result of having scored more goals, and the race to the Round of 16 is already fierce with Brazil most likely to edge the Dominican Republic in the other match of the pool this evening.
“Our mantra is full concentration and once we achieve that and follow through with our game-plan, we will get a result,” said Bosso.
Nigeria and Italy tango at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina as from 3.00 p.m. local time (7.00 p.m. Nigeria time) today.