Australia’s U17s, the Joeys’ coach, Trevor Morgan and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) have been talking up their memorable win against FIFA U-17 World Cup superpowers, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, in their last Group B match of the ongoing Brazil 2019 edition of the tournament.
The Joeys were in resurgent form and fought hard to deafeat their nemesis, the Golden Eaglets, 2-1 at the Estadio Bezerrao, Brasilia on Friday night.
The Joeys camp is celebrating a massive win against five-time U-17 World Cup champions to reach the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The Joeys’ win in Brasila marked their first win over the Golden Eaglets at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in seven encounters, following past clashes in 1987, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, and 2015 editions.
The Aussies are also happy to have handed the Nigerians the third defeat in their last 31 FIFA U-17 World Cup games.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim forward Noah Botic netted a brace the Australia’s U17s in the 13th and 54th minutes –, his second of ehe match was from a spot kick. Peter Olawale scored the Golden Eaglets’ goal in the 21st minute.
“We came here to win games and, although Nigeria were fantastic, we got the result,” Joeys coach Morgan told Football Federation of Australia website.
“It’s a plus for the boys, for their commitment and belief to come here and play a top team and win.”
Morgan is delighted that his boys fought very hard and avoided conceding more than one goal in the match that the Golden Eaglets had 34 shots at goal. The Joeys has only 10 shots.
“They had to dig deep,” Morgan added.
“[The Joeys] played an excellent team with great quality and great physical capacity. We had to defend well which I think is important in winning.
“It did show the boys were able to keep concentrating, keep working, and in the end the result was fantastic for us.”
Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Technical Director, Rob Sherman delighted at the great performance of the Joeys against Nigeria.
“The team have shown considerable spirit throughout the tournament coming back from early setbacks in their first two games before securing a fantastic win against Nigeria,” Sherman told the FFA website.
“The Joeys have shown a level of composure throughout and demonstrated that they pose an attacking threat and can create goalscoring opportunities.
“This is the first generation of players that have emerged from Small Sided Games, Skill Acquisition Programs, NPL, Talent Support Programs, and Hyundai A-Legaue Academies, underpinned by the National Curriculum. The game should be proud.
“We cannot however rest on our laurels and we need to raise the bar even higher with the evolution of the academy and talent development system along with the curriculum. It does demonstrate the potential Australia has to create the landscape for talented male and female players to emerge and progress into top football, provided we in the game cooperate and work together to capitalise on the resources we have to overcome the resources we don’t. It will be exciting to watch many of these players make their senior debuts in the Hyundai A-League and professional football across the world in the coming years.”