Flying Eagles of Nigeria coach Manu Garba has said a win over North Korea has lifted his team’s spirit to beat Hungary on Sunday to stay on track for a first-ever FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The African champions dusted themselves up from a 4-2 opening day loss to five-time champions Brazil to hammer Korea 4-0 on Thursday. A win or a draw on Sunday against second-placed Hungary will send the Flying Eagles through to the knockout stage of the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand.
“Our win against Korea has motivated the team after we lost our first game to Brazil”, declared Manu at Saturday’s official press briefing at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth.
“We want to at least finish second in our group and so we want the maximum points against Hungary”. He added: “We came here to win every game because we want to win the World Cup. We don’t want to go back home early, we want to be the last team to leave New Zealand”.
However, the coach admitted they will be up against a good and well -organised Hungary team, who finished fourth in an U-19 European Championship they hosted last year.
“Even as we wish to win this match, we have to say Hungary are a good side. But they cannot afford to stay back in defence against us as they did against Brazil because we have one of the best attacks in this competition”, he said.
Kick-off time for Sunday’s showdown will be 5pm local, which will be 6am same day in Nigeria.