Flying Eagles head coach Paul Aigbogun has assured that his players have learnt from their disappointing defeat to the United States of America and will go all out for a win when they take on Ukraine in their last Group D game at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Ukraine on Thursday, reports Completesports.com.
The Flying Eagles will face the Ukranians who currently top the group on six points after beating USA and Qatar in their first two games of the competition.
The Thursday’s decisive match will hold at the Bielsko Biala Stadium. Kick-off is 7:30 pm.
Aigbogun’s charges started the competition on a winning note thrashing Qatar 4-0, but were brought down to earth by the USA in the second game, going down to a 2-0 defeat.
The two-time finalists sit in second position in Group D with three points and will need to beat the Europeans to stand a chance getting a spot in the Round of 16.
Aigbogun, a former Enyimba coach admits that his players were not at their best in the last game against USA, but assures they have put that beside them and are battle ready for the Ukranians.
“I will say that the early goal we conceded unsettled our players and they were not able to stick to the game plan that was earmarked for them,” Aigbogun told reporters after the team’s training session on Wednesday.
“We were not at our best but we won’t allow this to dampen our morale because the ultimate is to qualify for the next round. We apologise for the defeat but we are assuring Nigerians that they shall see an improved team against Ukraine.”
Aigbogun added: “The boys were not happy with their performance and they were all distraught after the game. They have been told what they must improve on. It was not that they were totally poor against USA, but the goals they scored against us had a telling effect on them and they were unable to recover.”
By Adeboye Amosu