Nigeria team proves their pedigree

November 5, 2019 |


Three minutes into their debut at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ – the competition which they’ve won an unmatched 5 times – the Federal Republic of Nigeria conceded. Gyorgy Komaromi tapped in David Laszlo’s soaring cross, and the Republic of Hungary was up on the U-17 juggernauts.

In the second match, it seemed they had turned the tables. Particularly, Ibrahim Said capitalized on a goalkeeping error to place the Golden Eaglets ahead 5 minutes following the opening whistle. That lead lasted fifty one minutes of match time, till Johan Mina’s penalty goal set the Nigerians within the hole again.


Two deficits after two matches. They were beginning to defeat with no more than 15 mins to go on the occasions. 

Against the Republic of Hungary, captain Samson Tijani was the key difference-maker, netting Nigeria’s 1st and last goals of a 4-2 win, the latter coming through free-kick from thirty yards.

“Relent? We don’t,” Tijani told about the proclivity of his team for late rallies. “We don’t quit easily. We tend to force ourselves to stay pushing till we tend to get the win.”

Said embodied the motto in the second win of Nigeria, finishing the sole hat-trick of Brazil 2019 to date with two goals within the eighty-fifth and 89th minutes. His second was the standout, a curling, dipping golazo from outside the box’s left edge. Final score: Federal Republic of Nigeria 3, Ecuador 2.

“In my mind, I go on thinking, ‘We shouldn’t be losing,'” said Said about the match against La Tri. 

Combining the two wins, which ensured their place within the knockout, the Golden Eaglets outscored their opponents 5-0 within the final quarter-hour of the match. For Tijani, head coach Manu Garba and Said, once it involves this competition, the Federal Republic of Nigeria is special and fantastic.

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