John Obuh’s side will face a very firm challenge in Kayseri as they gun for a bright start in this year’s edition of the World Youth Championship
For the second time in 15 days, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be facing Edgars Borges’ team in a competitive match at the Kadir Has Stadium in Turkey.
Their previous outing was at the Toulon Invitational football tournament in France where the Europeans were 2-1 better.
On paper, the Portuguese who qualified for this competition after placing third in the 2012 Uefa European U19 championship are strong favourites to blow away the Africans who booked a place in the same tourney thanks to their bronze medal win at the African Youth Championship staged in Algeria.
Though, John Obuh’s team has not been impressive in recent outings judging by their participation at the just concluded Toulon Invitational Festival in France, they have all it takes to upset their highly fancied Portuguese opponents who were runners up at the last edition.
Blessed with a mix of old and fresh legs, the two time world champions who in the absence of reigning champions, Brazil and Argentina are the most highly-decorated of all the participants in the 19th edition, will be gunning for a third world title in Turkey.
Benfica’s Andre Gomes and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruma who are likely to be named in the starting X1 will certainly be a torn in the flesh of the Chizoba Amaefule-anchored defence. Coelho da Silva and Ricardo Pereira will also be great assets to this team known for their quick passing game.
For the Nigerians who are making their 9th appearance in this championship, 18 year-old Aminu Umar will be relied upon to get the goals when the need arises. The top scorer at the AYC will also be complemented upfront with the blistering speed of Kayode Olarenwaju who will be making a second appearance at this level of competition.
Alhaji Gero and team captain Abdul Jeleel Ajagun will be backed by coach Obuh to wreak havoc against the Portuguese who have many times had the upper hand against them in this tournament.