Two –time runners up Nigeria will go all out for the three points when they take to the pitch of the 15,300 –capacity Tychy Stadium against Qatar in the opening match of Group D of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals on Friday evening, according to team captain Ikouwem Udoh Utin.
“It is a big match for us, like every other match in this competition. We know the importance of picking up the three points in our first match, which is why we are determined to go all out.
“Taking the first three points will help us plan our approach better for the remaining matches in the group phase, and also boost our confidence,” Utin said at the team’s Vienna House Hotel in Katowice on Thursday. The team will leave their hotel in Katowice for the short drive to Tychy on Friday.
Friday’s game kicks off at 5 pm Nigeria time. The second match of Group D, between Ukraine and the USA, will begin at 7.30pm Nigeria time.
The Flying Eagles are yet to win the tournament, with the team coming close In 2005, in the Netherlands, Chinedu Obasi’s television goal unsettled Argentina in the final in Utrecht, but two penalty kicks by Lionel Messi gave the South Americans victory.