Flying Eagles head Coach Paul Aigbogun is targeting three points from their 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup opener against Qatar in Tychy Poland on Friday, May 24 , reports Completesports.com.
Aigbogun admits that the win will be a great boost of confidence in approaching the remaining games of the group phase.
The Flying Eagles are in Group D of the tournament along with Qatar, the United States and Ukraine.
“Our target is to get those three points in our first game and set off on a run. It would be a big booster. Our game plan is to get off on a good footing at the World Cup and then carry on from there,” Aigbogun was quoted in a media statement from the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The Nigeria Football Federation has done very well to camp the team in an exquisite facility ahead of the FIFA World Cup. We can only repay their support and effort, and the confidence of the people of Nigeria, with a good outing in Poland.”
Meanwhile, the seven-time African champions, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria continued their preparation for the global tournament with a 1-1 draw against Austrian Bundesliga II side Red Bull Salzburg.
Substitute Tijani Muhammad salvaged a draw for Aigbogun’s lads in the friendly match.
Aigbogun, however, said after the game that he was impressed with his lads even though there is still work to be done before the U-20 World Cup starts.
“It took us time to get settled in the game, and when we did, I think we took control of the game. This Salzburg team is a very tough one. They play in the Bundesliga II and it showed in their game but I’m glad my boys rallied back to get a draw.
“We could have won it if not for their goalkeeper. We had two good chances in the second half and I thought we should have won it at the end. The team is progressing even though there is work to be done.” Aigbogun concluded.
The Flying Eagles will play their final preparatory match against Red Bull Leipzig in Germany on Friday.
Nigeria will fly out of Germany to Poland on 19th May for this 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals.
By Johnny Edward