By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Former Flying Eagles handler, Samson Siasia believes that the match against Brazil will go a long way in determining how the Flying Eagles will perform at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The National U-23 Eagles coach who led Nigeria’s U-20 team to the FIFA tournament in 2005 in Holland says if the Flying Eagles can beat Brazil in their first game at the tournament, the players would not have problem qualifying from the group where they will also play Hungary and North Korea.
Speaking from the United States of America where he is currently holidaying, the former Nantes of France forward said the players would have to believe in themselves and have confidence that they can beat the Brazilians.
“Yes, Brazil will parade good players but that does not mean they are not beatable. The first match is very key and they must do their best to make sure they are not defeated in the game and if they can do that, the confidence to qualify from the group will be an added advantage to them”, says Siasia who told Complete Sports that he is going to devote his time to make sure he watches every game the team will play in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the Flying Eagles who have been in Germany for some weeks now will depart the European country today for New Zealand where they will participate in the tournament.
“It was a good move that they traveled to Germany to prepare for the tournament and I am sure that the training camp will help the team to excel in the tournament”, Siasia concludes