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Nigeria Under-20 coach John Obuh says they are wary of Croatia

Posted: 3 August 2011 Time: 10:22

Nigeria Under-20 coach John Obuh says Croatia will be a tough opponent for the Flying Eagles.

Nigeria produced an emphatic performance in their opening World Youth Championship match against Guatemala, winning 5-0, and now face Croatia on Wednesday.

The Europeans will be a different ballgame, however, as they will be fighting hard to avoid a loss, which may see them exit the competition early, as they lost their first game 2-0 to Saudi Arabia.   "We'll be very wary going into the game against Croatia," Obuh tells   "A win will be a big boost to our chances of going through, but we want to avoid a loss at all costs."   Two-goal hero from the first game, Edafe Egbedi, is optimistic of adding to his goals haul.   "I really believe we can beat Croatia. We won't just win, we'll play better than them, and personally speaking I hope I can get my name onto the scoreboard again," Egbedi says.   Croatia coach Zvonko Pamic knows the enormous task ahead of his boys and says that the African champions will prove a hard nut to crack for his team.   "We were unlucky against Saudi Arabia. We had a number of chances to score, and now we have to beat Nigeria in a much harder game.

"They're an excellent side, as we all know, but we can win if we improve our performance," Pamic said at a press conference. 

Previous comments on this story...

9ja Guy
posted: 11:08 am
Please Flying Eagles give them heartbreak oo ,Total distruction spell there name for them,so they can go home to share the goals with their fans.i'm going to sleep now so i can be up to see you guys shine regards to all you there making naija proud..God bless you guys Amen.
Naija 4 - Croatia 0
posted: 11:41 am
Our Boys should just go out there and play the game, communicate together and follow the instruction from the coach the sky will be there limit. They should not be thinking of the final right now that they have not qualified for the second stage. They should take the match one by one and by that Victory will be ours.
God bless Nigeria
posted: 11:57 am
pls wat tyme is d match,i mean naija tyme...
Dr Ike Achilonu
posted: 12:15 pm
Time is 2 am on Thursday 04-08-11
posted: 12:18 pm
@samsn. D match is 2am naija time. We are ready 2 keep vigil 2 watch d match
Blessed Love
posted: 12:23 pm
@samsn.....2a.m Nigerian Time...................If the Flying Eagles raise their performance , we will overrun the European challenge bcos Croatia is a different ball game. It would want o make up for their loss against Saudi to keep their hopes alive...........................see you then
Blessed Love
posted: 12:30 pm
@samsn.....2a.m Nigerian Time...................If the Flying Eagles raise their performance , we will overrun the European challenge bcos Croatia is a different ball game. iis normal, they would want to make up for their loss against Saudi to keep their hopes alive in the competition...........................see you at 2a.m
posted: 12:30 pm
The game is @
2:00am (thursday morning)naija time

2:00 am (thursday) London time.

9:00pm (tonite) EST

8:00pm (tonite) Central standard time

6:00pm (today) Pacific standard time

posted: 12:31 pm
Good Luck FE...............
posted: 01:35 pm
I hope Mr. Obuh has corrected some of the lapses noticed during the last match,viz, lack of cohesion in the midfield, loss of concentration, ubiquitous Dami Paul and leaving too wide spaces in between the players. The fitness, discipline and maturity of the players will be tested in this match. I hope we come out victorious. God bless our land!
posted: 02:21 pm
walkover, another high scoring game, Croatia,s desperation will be to our advantage.
posted: 02:30 pm
guys see naija oyibo way dey talk pigin English die, even i fear sef,
posted: 02:55 pm
wen will d match against crotia will start?
posted: 03:00 pm
Urgent!!! Pls is it possible for those in diaspora to watch d match? if yes, wat website? Tkx.
posted: 03:14 pm
this match time does not favour me at all. it will be 9 a.m by my time and that is work time full blast. anyway, up FE.

@peter277, you can watch it via internet on or

cheers and enjoy
posted: 03:32 pm
Kudos to the flying Eagles for Beating Guatemala silly. The back four is solid, I'm only concerned about Terma Suswan, he is more offensive,not aggressive and unconvincing in his tackles, but he is an accurate passer of the ball. The two center-backs were excellent . Ahmed Musa is a huge asset but he should perfect his final ball delivery.The midfield was quite impressive and i love the way Ramon Azeez dictates the tempo of the game. Edefa Egbedi is a Super Star in making with fancy footwork and resilience. Finaly, I think this team will reach the final and possibly win the cup. Good Luck to FE. God bless Nigeria.
posted: 05:27 pm
Before the match with Guatemala, there was a singing war between Nigerian players and Guatemala. The flying eagles were singing 'who can battle with the lord' and enjoy.
posted: 06:01 pm
Good day to my dear country people. Up FE and I want to give you guys that are betting people to go and put your money for a draw between Fly Eagles and Croatia. I want us to close all these bookies in Europe and Naija. watch out for my future tips on Premiership, championship and others. I am going to give it to you guys for free. Please stay tuned for this weekend championship predictions. Be ready to spend money to make money, my brothers. Thanks for reading my message.

posted: 06:21 pm
Three Nigerians on show as Rubin Kazan play Dynamo Kiev in UEFA champions League. IDEYE, Ayila and Haruna playing prominent roles. Haruna just got a yellow card after 13 minutes. Match live on P2P links.
posted: 06:23 pm
Yusuf Ayila was ball watching as a Kazan player pounces on a rebound. Kazan1-0 Kiev
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