Thursday May 16, 2019. 09:00
Nigeria coach Paul Aigbogun says he is targeting a morale-boosting win in his side’s opening match of the U-20 World Cup against Qatar.
The Flying Eagles will take on the Middle East side at the Tychy Stadium next Friday, May 24, ahead of potentially tougher Group D matches against United States and Ukraine on May 27 and 30 respectively.
“Our target is to get those three points in our first game and set off on a run,” Aigbogun said in a media statement issued by the Nigeria Football Federation.
“It would be a big booster. Our game plan is to get off on a good footing at the World Cup and then carry on from there.
“The Nigeria Football Federation has done very well to camp the team in an exquisite facility ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
“We can only repay their support and effort, and the confidence of the people of Nigeria, with a good outing in Poland.”
Nigeria continued their preparation for the global tournament with a 1-1 draw against Austrian Bundesliga II side Red Bull Salzburg, with substitute Tijani Muhammad scoring the African side’s goal.
“It took us time to get settled in the game, and when we did, I think we took control of the game,” said Aigbogun.
“This Salzburg team is a very tough one. They play in the Bundesliga II and it showed in their game but I’m glad my boys rallied back to get a draw.
“We could have won it if not for their goalkeeper. We had two good chances in the second half and I thought we should have won it at the end. The team is progressing even though there is work to be done.”