Eaglets Stake Honor Against Orange of Holland

Eaglets Stake Honor Against Orange of Holland
November 04 22:36 2019

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will at 2000 hours on Tuesday stake their impeccable records at the world U17 football history against minnows Oranje of Holland whose third appearance at the 18th edition of the competition threatens the totality of their soccer supremacy. Both teams have never met before but they are playing at Estadio Olympico in Goiana that has become home to the Golden Eaglets.
The Orange simply has a Bronze obtained at the 2005 world finals to present along with a four times European continental Gold medals in 2011, 2012, 2018 and 2019 compared with a massive credential of the Super Eagles who were five times champions in1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015; three times Silver medalists in 1987, 2001 and 2009; as well as twice Quarterfinalist in 1989 and 1995. In that 2005 world cup Holland scored 12 goals and conceded 10. They were shocked out at group stages in 2009 and 2011.
Nigeria also has other records like the highest goal scorers ever; Highest scorer in a single tournament in 2013 with 26 goals; has the highest +106 goals difference; eight times Most top two finishers; eight times top three finishers and so on.
On current performance, Nigeria garnered 6 points from threw matches scoring 8 goals and conceding 6. She slammed Hungary 4-2; narrowly defeated Ecuador 3-2 but surprisingly was subdued 1-2 by less fancied Australia when the Coach, Manu Garba had an experiment gone awry benching four of his regular players.
Although Nigeria shows discipline having no red card but bagging three yellows two of which came when they saw defeat eye ball to eye ball from a determined Australian team that are used to enduring hardship like a good Soldier from their many Rugby fields, the goals conceded shows obvious porosity in defense. Their pattern of scoring shows you do not start a disco celebration because you are leading for they are used to changing score board at the last minutes of games.
Hungary conceded three goals in 6 minutes to lose match points and the same lot became the portion of Ecuador that made Ibrahim Said in shirt no 20 shine scoring a hat trick It was a good Australian coach who could discern the Nigerian style that parked the bus ‘a la Jose Maurinho’ and blocked Nigeria from getting an equalizer by all means.
The boys form Holland were lucky losers from group D that has another African team, Senegal that slammed them 3-1. That means Holland could suffer from the African physical football style. Holland was the first country to pocket the USA 4-0.
Holland won only a match against USA and lost 0-3 to Japan. Holland scored 5 goals and conceded 6. Any team with good dribbling and sharp shooting attack will easily capture the Dutch team.
The venue is where the Eaglets have captured as ‘home ground’ and with their hungry players who always play flowing and attacking football, the Dutch boys may be thoroughly whipped by Nigeria.
Except that Nigeria always wait for the second half to dominate a match, one would have predicted that the match may end in the first half. With the scanty crowd and te few patriotic Nigerians who are always at the stadium to shout “hee, hee, hee” Nigerians are good to proceed to the quarters to meet winners between Paraguay and Argentina.

  • ENIOLA OLATUNJI.
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