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Poland 2019: Flying Eagles To Face Senegal In Round Of 16

Poland 2019:  Flying Eagles To Face Senegal In Round Of 16

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will face fellow Africans Senegal in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland on Monday, reports Completesports.com.

The encounter will take place at Lodz Stadium. Kick-off is 7:30pm Nigerian time.

The Flying Eagles finished third in Group D with four points from three games.

They are among the four best third placed teams from the six groups that made it to the knockout stages.

Senegal finished top of Group A with two wins and a draw from three games.

It’s the second time Nigeria’s Flying Eagles are playing an all-African match at the U20 World Cup.

At the 2007 edition in Canada, Nigeria faced Zambia in the Round of 16 and won 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Nigeria and Senegal avoided each other at the U-20 AFCON in Niger Republic earlier in the year having both topped their respective groups.

While Nigeria lost their semi-final match to Mali, Senegal defeated South Africa to reach the final where they lost on penalties to the Malians.

Senegal will depend on the scoring prowess of Amadou Sagna who scored an hat-trick on opening day.

The junior Teranga Lions also have the meanest defence which is yet to concede a goal after three games.

By Adeboye Amosu


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  • Wow, would have preferred italy instead. Almighty portugal is out.

  • **Correction** Nigeria will confront an African opposition for the 4th time @u20 wc against Senegal not twice…1/4 final Nigeria99 Nigeria vs Mali seydou keita vs aghahowa, 2005 1/2 final Nigeria vs Morrocco mikel vs Marouane Chamakh, 2007 Nigeria vs Zambia Ahmed musa,omeruo, please note!

    • Tanso 5 years ago

      Correction. Ahmed musa and omeruo did not play in 2007 u20 world cup. It was brown ideye, akabueze, elderson echeijile etc. Ahmed musa, omeruo, olarewaju kayode, obazi and so on played in 2011 u20 WC in Colombia and they lost to France at semi final or so that had Alexander Lacazzete, valbuena and other players I could not remember thier names now.

    • Olupotan 5 years ago

      I have been a keen follower of complete sports since 2001,when I was almost out of secondary school. Their reporting and circulated information has never been this bad. They are no longer accurate in giving statistics and goof in so many ways. Peradventure, it’s traceable to the new set of journalists they have.

      • luomo 5 years ago

        My brother this modern day journalists are more interested in the crumbs they will grab from players rather than focus on good reporting

        • But Mali once beat us under 20 Level now …on our home soil self Nigeria 99. 4 goals to 1.
          The thing is ..as bad as our team is, we can still pick out some players that shouybe able to beat this Senegal but…as usual Aigbogun is in charge. I pray he gets it right.

        • Glory 5 years ago

          God bless you @ luomo. We keeping shouting Aigbogun is corrupt or Manu collected bribe. But our biggest problem and the real corrupt people are some of these wetin we go chop bunch of journalists. They work hand in hand with criminal n self centred agents to make these coaches selection of players very twisted n extremely difficult. Reason I have refused to accept n castigated Aigbogun as haven collected bribe in his selection. Yes these coaches might have painfully made some very questionable n annoying decisions but I put Nigeria’s national teams problems squarely on d door steps of such sick journalists n agents. We all should be firing at such journalist n agents instead of attacking players and coaches. Fake news is everywhere nowadays. Donald Thrump is exposing them everyday n the media is beginning to lose every credibility.

    • Squad for under 17 world cup held in Nigeria 2009

      Goalkeepers: Danjuma Paul, Amos Izuchukwu, John Felagha

      Defenders: Aigbe Oliha, Mohammed Aliyu, Fortune Chukwudi, Kenneth Omeruo, Chukwujike Mgbam

      Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi, White George Agwuocha, Abduljelil Ajagun, Obinna Okoro, Deji Joel, Ramon Azeez

      Strikers: Stanley Okoro, Olanrewaju Kayode, Terry Envoh, Omoh Ojabu, Sani Emmanuel, Yusuf Otubanjo, Edafe Egbedi


  • mutum 5 years ago

    oh boy… we go collect again oo! Senegal wen the play like say there life’s depend on it…”hungry for glory ” rugged kind of soccer.

  • End of road of this lazy nigerians,

  • Chairmanfemi 5 years ago

    CSN and there post this days!! Abeg which one is “Ukraine fellow Africans Senegal”??? When did Ukraine become an African team?.

    On our chances against Senegal, since it an all African affair, The match can go both ways. I remain optimistic

  • Benny 5 years ago

    Make we no throw spanner for Senegal, we should just allow Senegalese progress to the next level they are hungry for glory and play more purposeful football than Nigeria. They are a better prospect to go far in the tournament. I tip Senegalese to will this one.

  • Edoman. 5 years ago

    The fire power of the Senegalese may be too much for Aigbogun boys to bear. I pray for the Nigerian boys however. Nothing Prayers can not over-come.

  • Pompei 5 years ago

    This one no be prayer matter. God loves the whole world so much, that he sent his Son to redeem us. That world includes Senegal. Let’s assume Nigeria is the favorite in this encounter. Then the Senegalese start praying to God to find a way to give them victory. Will God intervene? Is God partial? Will he cheat, so an inferior team can overcome a superior opponent? If God will not do it for Senegal, why would he do it for Nigeria? Senegalese and Nigerians are all his children. He loves us all!
    The better prepared, more talented team will carry the day. Period.

  • Pompei 5 years ago

    A child has exam and fails to properly prepare for it, only to start fervent prayers as the exam time approaches. That prayer no go work. God will not reward incompetence or laziness. On the other hand, if the child does his/her best to prepare, and then prays for success, that is where God comes in. To receive God’s blessing, we have to give him something to bless. God will definitely not lower his holy standards by helping an inferior, ill prepared team to defeat a superior, better prepared team. That is injustice, and God is JUST!

    • Samson 5 years ago

      Well said! God will not do that which we can do. Can you imagine someone praying that God should wake him/her in the morning to go to work or praying that God should remove the shoes on your feet. God always start from our extremity. When we have done our part then God will continue from there. Lazy people depends on LUCK! And God is not in the business of luck. God blesses the work of our hands. The coach and the players should put their acts together. With hard work and share determination, their efforts will be rewarded with success and victory.

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    Let’s look at it this way my people. At world stage, its always hard for any African to beat Nigeria at any level. This will counts on our favour on Monday.

    I don’t have confidence in coach Aiyegbogun’s team but good or bad, the history will repeats itself on Monday.

    But if this team failed, the coach and NFF should be blamed for the failure. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Bobo Colorado Springs 5 years ago

      Omo9ja, you nailed it. Senegal may be good or better, but tis is an all African game and is a different ball game. Besides that, no African team ever beaten Nigeria at the world level, and at any level (U-17, u-21,Olympics or otherwise) outside Africa.

      • Ara Nkita 5 years ago

        You go see how that your theory go tumble against Senegal. History kó,repeat ní.

        At least those previous teams have something to show like finesse, flair,talent,and determination which this team obviously lacks.

        There is no ball sense in the final third,no good goal scorer.

        Tijani is a waste in front of goal.

        Senegal is better both on paper and on field of play.

        With what I’ve seen so far with our team,I’m not looking beyond this phase.

        That doesn’t mean I’m lily-livered,unpatriotic or fair-weather fan.

        I’m simply objective.

        Unless our boys gives their 150% and mother luck smiles on us.

        Side by side comparison, we are no match.

        Please don’t even bring prayer into it,because that is superstition.

      • Adedayo 5 years ago

        I believe that…. Am sure senegal re also feeling d heat….

  • @pompei good one there. when ever people said let pray for super eagle to do so so and i feels God will never answer my prayer neither others. because i dont know when God start to be impertial. my is lnt the strongest side win and ref to do the right.

  • Chairmanfemi 5 years ago


    Full Senegal squad:
    Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo ( Rennes ,
    France), Alfred Gomis ( SPAL, Italy ), Edouard Mendy ( Reims , France).

    Defenders: Salif Sane ( Schalke 04, Germany ), Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples, Italy), Pope Abou Cisse (Olympiacos, Greece), Lamine Gassama (Goztepe, Turkey ), Moussa Wague ( Barcelona FC, Spain ), Youssouf Sabaly ( Bordeaux , France), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France).

    Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye ( Everton ,
    England), Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga, Spain), Badou Ndiaye ( Galatasaray, Turkey), Krépin Diatta (Brugge FC, Belgium ), Cheikhou Kouyaté ( Crystal Palace , England), Sada Thioub ( Nîmes, France), Sidy Sarr (Lorient, France), Henri Saivet (Bursaspor, Turkey).

    Attackers: Keita Balde ( Lazio, Italy), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England), Moussa Konate ( Amiens, France), Ismaïla Sarr (Rennes, France), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, Turkey), Mbaye Niang (Rennes, France), Santy Ngom (Nancy, France).

  • Adedayo 5 years ago

    Wat is RIP there…. U will b surprise that they might not reach anywhere

  • Samson 5 years ago

    @pompei Well said! God will not do that which we 2can do. Can you imagine someone praying that God should wake him/her in the morning to go to work or praying that God should remove the shoes on your feet. God always start from our extremity. When we have done our part then God will continue from there. Lazy people depends on LUCK! And God is not in the business of luck. God blesses the work of our hands. The coach and the players should put their acts together. With hard work and share determination, their efforts will be rewarded with success and victory.

  • Oakfield 5 years ago

    I’ve observed in the matches that we have played so far that we tried to penetrate through the middle which in turn made it very had for us to score goals when we met compact teams with a very good defence and midfield. The best thing we have to do is to use the wing play strategy to open u their defence lines. Nigeria right from time has been known for wing play kinda football, hence, I see no reason why we shouldn’t apply same strategy in subsequent matches. Mr engunje coach should pls take note since he has run out of ideas. Too much egunje don block him brains. I still believe that miracles in football still happen. Afterall, nobody ever thought that Liverpool will bounce back after going down to almighty Barcelona in the first leg of their memorable champions league journey, shit still happens I believe! Wish them all the best but after this tourney, pls, that egunje man of a coach shouldn’t come close to any of our teams again.

    • Mr Hush 5 years ago


      The reason they try to go through the middle is because they got no wingers!
      Heck;they got no attack.
      The only useful thing in this team,(and I am saying this with all respect and a loyal Nigerian), is the midfield.
      It is sad,but true.. Oforboh,Success,Okon and to an extent,Michael, are the only ones that can really hold the ball and beat their man. None of the attack got that ..
      Effiom is all about touch and follow. The short one ,Offia is no were a winger. Tijani , Adams..I don’t know what to say about those;( but atleast Tijani makes himself a nuisance).
      So I can’t see any wing play from those.
      It is best we stick to what we have; and that’s the middle.
      You play according to your strength.
      I wrote a while back,after the match against Qatar.
      That we should be playing a 4-5-1 or 3-5-2 or 3-6-1..
      I am no coach,but I am a fan,and more so I think is common sense to know that,coaching is all about profiling.
      You profile your squad and build your tactics accordingly.
      you should always play to dictate the game against the opposition; even when the opposition holds possession; make sure they play to your tune.

      I don’t really think Aigbogun understands this. He can still prove me wrong; after all, knowledge is a continuous process.

      To be fair,Senegal is a good squad. A better team,so far than Nigeria. And everything points to them winning this game.
      But football can be funny.
      I just watched a South African side that got nothing to play for,cause the elimination of Portugal,who team who won their first game and play with so much quality.
      So,I won’t be surprise,if Nigeria gets to win. It wouldn’t be new. They might play the games of their lives, they might improve, they might play badly and still win. No surprise there for me.
      And I am talking as a realist here.not an optimist.
      That said, Senegal is better. So they have to know that(if they don’t know by now), so they have to play one of their best games to win.

      • Oakfield 5 years ago

        I wonder why he (the coach) didn’t pick good wingers? How would a coach be going into a tourney without wingers?? This is crazy! I agree with u, I still believe the boys can improve, I remember the year Nigeria won the nation’s cup under Keshi of blessed memory, we had a slow start in the group stages that made the nff prepare a sack letter for him but surprisingly, they got better as soon as they managed to progress from the group and went all the way to win the cup against all oddd.1+1 in football is not 2,hence, they can spring surprises.

  • Nigeria under 20 played 3 friendlies….a player scored in all those friendlies (each) and still scored in the first match.
    But because he under performed in the second match against USA, he was dropped to the bench from there_(OFFIA).
    Another player was the best Mid-fielder in camp and also the best in the first match…but because of one match against USA, he was dropped- (Dele-Bashiru).
    Ugho Ogbu and Ozomwafor were the best pairing before the tournament, but later nko, Ogbu was dropped for no reason.
    The last friendly they played 5 goal or more to one on their favour with the combination of Ogbu and Ozomwafor in the defence, Oforborh, Dele-Bashiru and Michael in the midfield…but at the tournament, Oforborh and Dele-Bashiru has never played together.
    I’ll love to see all these combinations with may be Offia-Maxwell and Makanjuola against Senegal.

  • Proudly 9ja 5 years ago

    I respect the opinions of all abled forumites but am not one to subscribe to d fact that people are saying that we’ve lost a game when the ball has not been kick. Don’t get me wrong as I understand why people will say that. The team has not done really well and when compared to previous u20 Nigerian teams, on paper this team may look poor but u can neva count d 9ja neva say die attitude especially when our backs are against d wall or when most people (Nigerians included) don’t give us a chance. In d global stage Senegal always flatter to deceive. I blif 9ja will carry d day on Monday but d team has to put in d work. Many people have pointed out that d team lacks a true point man up front and from d games I have seen tijani and akor don’t cut it and am not sure of d emeka guy, so I suggest we adopt a false 9 approach with Maxwell effiong as d false 9 as I blif he is more intelligent than d 2 strikers mentioned. Play him dsame way westham plays mikel Antonio as he has speed and some dribbling skills as well as capable of shooting even tho some might be wayward. His ball control is better and he can shoot. I also think we should adopt a 352 formation like some people have suggested and choke up d midfield and prevent d Senegalese from playing dia game. utin and rabiu shouldn’t feature in dis game as they will be exposed by d young Senegalese. we have to use boys that are d same age as d Senegalese not that am saying our guys are old oooo lol. oremade still in net as I have not seen any alternative in net. salawudeen, ogbu, and valentine to make d back 3. valentine central and flanged by igho and salawudeen. As regards our midfield I will go Nnamdi and Jamilu as defensive midfielders (central with Nnamdi slightly ahead of jamilu) to cover d back three with a huge emphasis on dia defensive duties. Right and left side of midfield will be Kingsley and Dele. They are young and would match d Senegalese skill for skill and speed for speed but they also should help when we are under attack and be d ones to instigate our own attack. Ahead of Bashiru and Kingsley we play Okon and he should be told to distribute d ball and not dwell on it. Forwards we go with Success and Effiong. Success should be given a free role to use his dribbling skills to cause d Senegalese problems. Offia and maybe Emeka can be brought in in the 2nd half. The coach should tell d players to keep d ball rolling and fast to unsettle d Senegalese. max 2 touches and let d ball do d running as we can’t outrun d Senegalese but we can match them. I blif and have faith that 9ja will carry d day Monday. If we are tied after d 1st 75 mins or are winning then we don win dat game. When d expectations are low is when Nigerians spring surprises, so be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. I predict 2:1 to 9ja. According to Fanny Amun “we shall wobble and fumble to d finals” lol

  • See squad from the Terenga Lions..still they don’t play too well, ‘Carry play and see if a goal will come’, to me theirs was d easiest group from the recently concluded Senior World cup…
    I am patiently waiting for AFCON. As for these Flying eagles, they lack drive and fall short of motivation..

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 5 years ago

    It’s a pity that Nigeria will play the spoiler’s role against Senegal. Nigeria will defeat Senegal and lose out in the nxt round. It’s better for Senegal to progress as they will be better representation for CAF. If Senegal wins, be rest assured they will do better or get to the final and make Africa proud. It’s unfortunate both countries are meeting at this stage. At least Africa is sure of a quarter finals spot. How l wish they never met at this stage. The lack of ball sense of the Nigeria team is responsible for this fixture. If we had scored that first penalty against Ukraine, we could have won by 2-1 and come first in the group and avoid Senegal.

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