Kelechi Iheanacho was the chief protagonist for the Golden Eaglets in their 6-1 demolition of Mexico in their first match at the Fifa U-17 World Cup in the UAE and could settle the final game in Nigeria's favour because of that fear factor
“I’m sure they won’t feel great about that first result,” Iheanacho told fifa.com after beating Sweden in Dubai in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
“They’ll want to put pressure on us and we’ll have to be careful. We’ll respect them, but it’s hard to go against us when we’re playing our good football.
“It doesn’t matter in our team who scores the goals, who finishes top scorer or top player,” he added.
Though he acknowledges that the Mexicans will be better prepared for this second meeting, Iheanacho said the Eaglets are better than when they met on October 19 at the Al Ain Stadium.
“We’ve got better since that opener,” he said.
“We’ve become closer and we’re going to chase them all over the field; we’re going to press them with our attackers and we won’t rest.
"We’ll go at them for 90 minutes until we’re sure the trophy is ours.”
Iheanacho, who has scored five goals and created seven in this tournament, believes he is both adept at creating and scoring goals.
“It’s not important to call yourself one or the other. If I’m in a good position to score then I’m happy to put the ball in the back of the net, but if I’m not, and I see someone in a better position, I’ll give it to him.
"It doesn’t matter in our team who scores the goals, who finishes top scorer or top player. It’s a collective effort," he concluded.