The Flying Eagles squeezed through into the Round of 16 after they held the Ukraine U20 team to a 1-1 draw in their final group game on Thursday.
Lawal admitted that he was not impressed with the result which saw coach Paul Aigbogun’s boys finishing in third place in their group.
“The second round is very important. It is key. We have to give them a little bit of a chance, don’t write off the Flying Eagles yet, you never can tell. Sometimes in football, similar things happen, it is just self-belief they need now,” Lawal told Goal in an exclusive interview.
“At the end of the day, let’s wait for who we will be meeting between Italy and Senegal. It is not going to be an easy one. We finished in third position which is not good.
“We have to fight well in our next game because there is no chance to make amends once you get it wrong.
"If you want to go far from here now, you have to win every game.”