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Exclusive: 2023 U-20 WC: Brazil Will Go All Gun Blazing Against Flying Eagles –Lawal

Exclusive: 2023 U-20 WC: Brazil Will Go All Gun Blazing Against Flying Eagles –Lawal

Former Super Eagles winger, Garba Lawal believes Brazil will come out gun blazing against the Flying Eagles in Saturday’s final group game of the ongoing 2023 U-20 World Cup.

Recall that Nigeria defeated Italy 2-0 on Wednesday to zoom into the knockout stages of the competition while Brazil bounced back to winning after losing 3-2 to Italy to trounce Dominican Republic 6-0.

However, in a chat with Completesports.com, Lawal stated that Brazil will be desperate for victory against a Flying Eagles side that have qualified to the round of 16 of the competition.

“I am delighted that the Flying Eagles have booked their place in the round of 16 of the 2023 U-20 World Cup. However, the game against Brazil will afford the Flying Eagles another opportunity to make a statement of intent.

“For sure, Brazil will come out gun blazing because they will be desperate for the three points if they are to qualify to the knockout stages.

“It will definitely be a tough battle but I expect Nigeria to triumph over them.”

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  • Greenturf 12 months ago

    Brazil will qualify nonetheless should they lose to the flying eagles.I hope Bosso don’t field a weakened side because finishing as top’s afford us the advantage of playing a weak opposition in most cases in the round of 16.Because should we lose and Italy wins we could finish 3rd and qualify on the best losers route which will line us up against a strong side in the round of sixteen,because I read in another website Bosso will field a second string team that idea may spell doom for us.We need to get a result from the Brazil game if changes must be done I suppose a few ones like Njoku for Bameyi,Bameyi pairing Ogwuche then Fredrick already with a yellow card sits out the game.Nnadi for Samson Lawal the number 7 Sarki for Ibeji,Umeh for Fago,the goalkeeper Nwosu could be a second half substitute for Aniagboso.
    The changes I suggested above is as solid as the the team that started the last games.
    Well Bosso knows better I trust him to present a strong side and for bragging rights we need to win Brazil at this level.
    Good luck flying eagles !

    • When Bosso said that he would rest some players I laughed as that may be spell doom for the team .

      The boys must maintain the tempo and beat Brazil. This will help them with winning mentality as the game progress.

      I hope the coach won’t foolishly mess things up.

      • 9jaRealist 12 months ago

        @Godsate, most of you never supported Bosso in the first place so why not let him carry on doing his job as he sees fit – and when/if one of you armchair critics is appointed, then you’re free to do it your own way.

        Bosso said in the excerpted presser that the goal for the Brazil game would be to continue to build upon the success and confidence garnered off the the Italy game. If “resting” some players (eg, Fredericks has a yellow, while Eletu might not be at 100%), so be it. There’s a reason there are 21 players on the squad. It shouldn’t be just 11 starters and a handful of subs. Every squad member should be good enough to se]trp up of step in, as circumstances and situations dictate. We don’t have the luxury of carrying “vacation” players.

        Meanwhile, Bosso will live and/or die with the consequences of his choices and decisions, and if/when his FE loses, they can come home (with their heads held high so long as they give 100%). They won’t be the first (nor would be the last) to lose, because the only perfect coaches who never lose are those who sit their fat arses on a couch in front of a television (or device) screen.


  • Nigerians are so critical of bosso but that man is no nonsense coach.. I love how he handled the difficult situations in the Afcon.. all strikers were dropped.. all underperforming midfielders also dropped…

    This is a team of play nonsense and sit on th bench.. he did that to nwosu the goalkeeper, he did that to njoku the right back, now lawal will lose his starting shirt in the next game.. it is rumoured in the local Media that lawal has lost it…

    I don’t expect bosso to play a substandard team.. he should know what is as stake..

    • Chima E Samuels 12 months ago

      Shut up like you’re not one of us who wasn’t impressed with him. A lot of you will just be changing mouth instead admitting you people will be acting cocky and insulting others besides tournament still long so calm down!!!

    • Chima E Samuels 12 months ago

      Bosso was was initially dishonest with his call ups before the pressure and critics made him sit up. Everyone’s opinion counts for the good of the game and you even saw his remarks afterwards. One day we’ll reap the results of honesty as a country one day if only we start having conscience and doing what is right!!!!

      • 9jaRealist 12 months ago

        @Chima, I have never really been a big fan of Ladan Bosso and thus may share some of the tactical criticisms directed at him, but while a lot of things can be said about Bosso the ONE thing that cannot be credibly said about him is that he is (or his call ups are) “dishonest”. The fact that various people may disagree with his call ups or squad decisions (which btw is a hazard suffered by virtually all professional coaches) does NOT render them “dishonest”. Unfortunately, this is a crass stereotype directed at ALL indigenous Nigerian coaches, irregardless of substantiation (or lack thereof), other than the “evidence” of Nigerian nationality and the consequential “we know how things are in Nigeria” conjecture. Even an admittedly fantastically-corrupt nation like ours, not every single person is corrupt or “dishonest” in every situation.

  • Sportradio88.0 fm 12 months ago

    Brazil needs this game …to put fear in other teams in this competition.flyin eagles need to win this game .. then the question is y do dey need to put fear iñ other teams …this Italian are going to look for a big win against dominos. Which means flying eagles might likely be 3rd in the group..this a big issue..
    Authour matically. Dey wil face a team that is coming first in other group.
    I remember the afcon after eagles won all group games only to loss to Tunisia who was 3rd in group stage.
    Which is better… ? Win all group stage matches and go home in the next round.. i getting confused.but the score of the Brazil Nigeria game is going to be 2;1 or or 1 : 2 even it goes extra minutes .

    • Xsportradiio where is ur office address.u mean both team can win the game.

    • Chima E Samuels 12 months ago

      LMAO extra time at group stage!!!!

    • Bobo Colorado Springs 12 months ago

      We can’t finish 3rd in our group based on the rules. Italy can never be above us even if they win Dominican rep by 10-0, due to head to head. We can only be first or second.

      • Dr. Drey 12 months ago


        The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7)

        1st. points obtained in all group matches;
        2nd. goal difference in all group matches;
        3rd. number of goals scored in all group matches;

        If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined by:

        4th. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
        5th. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
        6th. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
        7th. fair play points:
        – first yellow card: minus one point;
        – indirect red card (second yellow card): minus three points;
        – direct red card: minus four points;
        – yellow card and direct red card: minus five points;
        8th. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

        Source: FIFA.com

  • Bobo Colorado Springs 12 months ago

    If Brazil lose or draw with Nigeria, they will likely meet the host (Argentina), so they will be charging for a win to avoid that.

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