Success Makanjuola has dedicated his man of the match award to Nigerians
The young lad who has been one of the bright spots in the not too impressive flying eagles side has promised to continue to improve and give his best for the team.
However the team has received lots of criticisms from Nigerians over their manner of play despite the fact that they made it to round of 16
The Flying Eagles forced group D winners Ukraine to a 1-1 draw in Bielsko-Biala on Thursday night to earn a place in the Round of 16 of this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland, as one of the best third –placed teams.
Team USA’s second half strike that scooped the three points for the Americans shot them to second in the group, ahead of Nigeria. But Nigeria’s opening day basket of goals against Qatar helped her cause at the close of business.
Though Groups E and F still have to play on Friday to determine, on the whole, the four best third –placed teams to progress, the Flying Eagles are second on that ranking now and can not fall out of the top four.
Host nation Poland, with four points and three goals advantage, is first on the ranking, with Nigeria second on four points and two goals advantage. Ecuador is third with four points and no goal advantage.
Only either of Korea Republic and Portugal can overtake Poland, to push Nigeria to third on the ranking. Should Korea defeat six –pointer Argentina and Portugal ease past already –eliminated South Africa, three teams in group F would end with six points!
Panama, with one point and third in Group E, take on Saudi Arabia and would go to four points with a win. But they have two goals deficit and are unlikely to overtake Nigeria.