U17 AFCON: Golden Eaglets Eye World Cup Ticket By Beating Angola
By Niyi Busari
Golden Eaglets assistant coach, Jolomi Atume has stated the importance of their second group A game against Angola on Wednesday at the ongoing U17 African Nation Cup in Tanzania, BSNSports.com.ng can report.
Atume reiterated Nigeria’s quest for FIFA U17 World Cup ticket which will be picked if the five-time world champions beat Angola in today’s encounter.
In his words: “We understand that we need to win this game to qualify not only to the semifinal, but also to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a very important match for us and for our opponents too. To be honest this will be an open game for both teams.
Jolomi assured Nigerians that the team will improve on their defensive weakness adding that Angola is a good team, therefore, the game must be taken with all seriousness.
“Angola is a good team. They play well and they are good on the offensive. We know that our defense made several mistakes in the opening fixture against Tanzania which saw us concede four goals, but we are working on to improve.
“This is a youth tournament so sometimes the boys want to express themselves and tactical discipline is low but we will play well.
In the same vein, Golden Eaglets midfielder, Andrian Akande expressed optimism that the team will defeat Angola to book a place in the semifinals and also pick one of the slots for FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
“The game against Tanzania was tough, it was difficult to play against the home crowd but we managed to hold on to claim victory. The game against Angola is more important for us because our ambition is to qualify to the FIFA U-17 World Cup and we need to win this game to achieve that. We are not under pressure; we are relaxed and are eager to do well.”
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will slug it out with Angola at 12:00 noon Nigeria time at the National Stadium, Angola.
A win for the Nigeria’s U17 will ensure that they pick one of the world cup ticket and qualify for the semi final.