Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has told the global media that he and his wards are primed for victory when they face Hungary on Sunday in what is effectively a shootout for second place in Group E of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Brazil have beaten both Nigeria and Hungary and the South Americans are expected to defeat winless North Korea to top the group, leaving the African champions and the Europeans scrapping for the second place that will guarantee passage to the second round.
Although a draw should be enough to see the Flying Eagles qualify as one of the best third-placed teams, Garba wants outright victory.
“Our win against Korea has motivated the team after we lost our first game to Brazil,” Garba said at Saturday’s official press briefing at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth.
“We want to at least finish second in our group and so we want the maximum points against Hungary.”
He added: “We came here to win every game because we want to win the World Cup. We don’t want to go back home early, we want to be the last team to leave New Zealand.”
However, the coach admitted they will be up against a good and well -organised Hungary team, who finished fourth in an U-19 European Championship they hosted last year.
“Even as we wish to win this match, we have to say Hungary are a good side. But they cannot afford to stay back in defence against us as they did against Brazil because we have one of the best attacks in this competition,” he said.
Kick-off time for Sunday's clash is 6am Nigerian time.
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