Bosso expresses confidence in Flying Eagles

Edwin  - CEO May 23, 2023
Updated 2023/05/24 at 4:08 PM
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Argentina 2023: Bosso, Eguavoen optimistic Flying Eagles will not crumble against Italy


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By Rasheed Adewuyi


Head Coach Ladan Bosso says Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will not be immersed in admiration for the Italian team but would take the fight to the youthful Azzurris in Wednesday’s clash as the Nigeria prepares to face Italy at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.


The Italians went on rampage in a wrapped first half blitz that saw Brazil eventually capitulate to a 2-3 defeat in Mendoza, Sunday, and the conversation at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina has been over them.


The Italians quickly erected a fantastic framework and buoyed by the support from near-capacity attendees at Estadio Malvinas Argentina, they overwhelmed the Brazilians, scoring three goals in just 45 minutes.


However, Bosso says his team will take a totally different approach against the Italians in their clash at the same venue tomorrow.


“We stayed back after our match against the Dominican Republic to watch the Italy match against Brazil, and we took a lot of notes from there. The Italians have the midfield machinery to outrun any team that is flustered by their pace and organization, but we will know how to deal with that,” Bosso said.


“We have the boys who can neutralize their mortal armory and help us deliver some blows of our own. Wednesday’s encounter will be interesting. We will respect them but we don’t fear any team at this championship.”


Technical Director of the NFF, Augustine Eguavoen told that the manner in which the Flying Eagles set up on Wednesday, and the level of concentration and adherence to game-plan, would matter a lot on the day.


“The Italians are a good side but nothing is given in football until a match is played and ends. It is about the set-up, about the structure of your team and how much you bring to bear what you have noticed about the other team. I’m happy our coaches saw the Italians play the Brazilians and it is now left for us all to put our heads together and devise a winning plan.”


The Italians top Group D ahead of the Flying Eagles only as a result of having scored more goals, and the race to the Round of 16 is already fierce with Brazil most likely to edge the Dominican Republic in the other match of the pool on Wednesday evening.


“Our mantra is full concentration and once we achieve that and follow through with our game-plan, we will get a result,” Bosso insisted.

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