Manu sticks with Flying Eagles winning start XI

Manu sticks with Flying Eagles winning start XI
Iheanacho (left) out, Awoniyi in

by Samm Audu

Thursday Jun 11, 2015. 01:59

Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has named the same starting line-up for Thursday’s U20 World Cup Round of 16 clash against Germany as he did for his team’s last two wins against North Korea and Hungary.

It again means stars like Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success and Moses Simon will again have to start from the bench.

In training, Gent forward Moses Simon looked in pole position to start in attack, but the African champions have eventually opted for the tried and trusted.

Defensive midfielder Akinjide Idowu has thus kept his place in the team after he was not involved in the opening game against Brazil.

PREVIEW: Flying Eagles vs Germany

He has brought much more tactical disciplne in the middle of the park with his untiring marking and he will again be expected to break the German attack on Thursday.

The Flying Eagles are blessed with an embarrassment of attacking options, so much so that coach Manu has rated his strike force as one of the best at this World Cup.

In that case, expect the likes of attacking talents like Iheanacho, Success, Moses Simon and Musa Yahaya to have a role to play at some point in this contest.

Flying Eagles starting XI vs Germany

Joshua Enaholo – Musa Mohammed (Skipper), Mustapha Abdullahi, Wilfred Ndidi, Zaharadeen Bello – Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Akinjide Idowu, Kingsley Sokari, Bernard Bulbwa – Godwin Saviour, Taiwo Awoniyi

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