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Eaglets target Argentina scalp

Eaglets target Argentina scalp

Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 10:42 am

A draw against Argentina in Friday's final Group A game should prove sufficient to secure Nigeria's Golden Eaglets a place in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup round of 16, but coach John Obuh wants more.

"The players gave the Nigerian people a win and now we hope to stay on this course to seal our qualification. Against Argentina, there's no question of us playing for a draw; we'll be playing for the victory," the Eaglets coach said.

A stirring, come from behind game against Germany was followed by a dominant performance against Honduras, although they failed to score more than the one goal that sealed their three points.

Obuh says he is hoping they can marry their passionate, ball playing performance against Honduras with the clinical, goal scoring edge they showed against Germany.

"We made some mistakes in the two games we have played so far. But we scored three goals against Germany and did very well in keeping the ball against Honduras.

"If the boys can do those two things against Argentina, we can get victory."

Obuh and his charges will be happy to return to Bauchi, where they spent some time in preparation ahead of this competition, and will expect to find a lot more support than they did in Abuja, where the fans took a while to get behind them. 

Argentina, who are already safely through, are keen to secure the group's top spot although coach Jose Luis Brown has hinted that he may rest a few regulars for Friday's game.

"All the players here are making the same effort, go through the same training sessions and listen to the same talks. Because of that I'll try to give playing time to all of them, especially if certain starters are tired," said the Argentina coach.

Not that that will mean any step down in tempo.

Germany and Honduras play in the group's other game in Abuja.

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:37 am
i think the eaglets do have a chance to go through unlike the super eagles who failed to take their chances against tunisia in abuja
toride
posted: 12:20 pm
bench okoro alias little messi. That guy na otu. very stingy player
Anonymous
posted: 12:57 pm
The Golden Eaglets should be tactical in their approach of today's game.they should be mindful of counter-attacks by the South American team.I also suggest that the Coach should start Ojabu ahead of Kayode in the attach line up.Ojabu tends to be more potent up-front while Kayode seems self fish on ball.
The word.
posted: 01:33 pm
Abuja is now becoming a hard ground for us to win matches. The only meaningful match we won at Abuja was against Kenya. Brazil beat us there, we drew with Tunisia,we manage to beat Mozambique with a late goal. The same fate almost happen to GE if not for people's prayers.
I hope Bauchi will be more of helpful where we have passionate and die hard fans, compare to Abuja where we have bunch of civil servants and millionaires, who have stole our money.
The word.
posted: 01:36 pm
Mr. obuh, can i ask for a favor? Pls just give me draw against Agentina and i will be fine.
toride
posted: 02:18 pm
“It is difficult to find the players in your team that will make your U-20 team in the future talk less of the Super Eagles team. But you people have continued to win, after all you have won the U-17 a record three times but where and where did the players play?” Quote 4rm Honduras coach. True talk. Our players hardly improve
http://tribune.com.ng/30102009/news/sports1.html
Anonymous
posted: 02:28 pm
I wish the golden eaglets the best of luck, please fellow forumites can somebody tell me the exact time of the match between golden eaglet of Nigeria and Argentina.
Anonymous
posted: 03:17 pm
Good luck boys, as always I shall be cheering you on. Go on and make me proud to be a Nigerian.

COMMON NIGERIA!!!
Anonymous
posted: 04:59 pm
we re very happy here in Madrid this guys re simply good. we have been afraid of MRI test, thinking that there will be a disaster but contrally proves special. i think this Siasia and Obu = SE headcoach and assist.
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