By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Flying Eagles midfielder Kingsley Sokari has sensationally told Completesportsnigeria.com that the team he was part of to the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand underestimated their opponents, and warns that the Golden Eaglets who have booked a place in the Round of 16 must not be so cocky in their approach to games.
Emmanuel Amuneke's team thrashed hosts Chile 5-1 in their second game of the 2015 U17 World Cup, making it their second win on the bounce in the tournament following an opening day 2-0 victory over USA.
Sokari who was one of the impressive Nigerian stars at the U20 World Cup this year spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on Wednesday on his thoughts about Nigeria's run at the cadet World Cup.
"I'm wishing them all the best against Crotia. They have been wonderful against USA and Chile, especially against the hosts – a game many people said will be very tough.
"But they should not be carried away by their success so far in this U17 World Cup because that was what happened to us at the last U20 World Cup.
"We were confident we could beat our opponents but found some of these teams extremely difficult," the Enyimba midfielder who has been a regular in the national U23 Eagles games further told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Sokari however expressed hope that the Eaglets will defend the title they won in 2013.
"They are working with a good coach, an ex international who played football to the highest level and was a one-time African Footballer of the Year, so I believe they have the ability to defend the title again," Sokari enthused.
The Eaglets will play against Croatia in their last Group A game midnight on Friday.