Former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju has tipped the Flying Eagles for success at the forthcoming FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Adepoju, a former Flying Eagle who represented Nigeria at the 1989 World Youth Championship (now U20 World Cup) in Saudi Arabia, says the present Flying Eagles have shown enough to suggest they can be the first Nigerian team to win the competition.
“I have seen them play and I can tell that they are very good. The coaches have done a fantastic job and the players have shown there is still hope in this country.
“The competition will be a different ball game entirely of course, but these boys are good. It may be too early to say they will win the World Cup, but they sure look like they will be the first Nigerian U20 team to win the competition,” he said.
Adepoju played a prominent role as Nigeria got the final of that competition, but lost 0-2 to Portugal, who had Carlos Queiroz as coach, the Portuguese going to coach Real Madrid years later.
Asked to compare how it is now and during his time, the 44-year old says there’s a lot of difference.
“There’s a lot of difference I believe. A lot of the guys that played during my time were fresh out of school or still in school but now it’s gone professional.”