The Nigeria’s Flying Eagles are left with no choice of overcoming Ukraine in the last group D fixture of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday.
Having lost their second group game 2-0 against U.S.A, Nigeria must avoid defeat in order not to be eliminated at the early stages of the competition.
Paul Aigbogun’s boys will do well to avoid the kind of lethargic start they contrived against USA, and put together more fluent attacking moves complemented by clinical finishing.
However, the former Enyimba coach admits that his players were not at their best in the last game against USA, but assures they have put that beside them and are battle ready for the Ukranians.
Ukraine is top of the group on six points while Nigeria sit second on three points, U.S.A remain third on three points.
“I will say that the early goal we conceded unsettled our players and they were not able to stick to the game plan that was earmarked for them,” Aigbogun told reporters after the team’s training session on Wednesday.
“We were not at our best but we won’t allow this to dampen our morale because the ultimate is to qualify for the next round. We apologise for the defeat but we are assuring Nigerians that they shall see an improved team against Ukraine.”