Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has warned his wards to expect a dogfight against hosts Chile in their second match at the FIFA U17 World Cup at the Sausalito Stadium in Vina del Mar on Tuesday.
The Golden Eaglets on Monday morning trained at the Enap Oil Company Training Centre in Con-Con district of the beautiful city where all the 21 players were involved to perfect strategy for the match.
“Tomorrow’s match against Chile is a crucial game and you must expect a dog fight,” hinted Amuneke. “But we must approach the match with discipline and responsibility; we must be ready to fight for 90 minutes.”
World football ruling body FIFA have named officials for the match with Ruddy Buquet as the centre referee.
The 38-year-old Frenchman has been a full international for FIFA since 2011. Others listed for the match that would be watched by a capacity crowd also include Buquet’s compatriots Guillaume Debart and Gringore Cyril as assistant referees while the fourth official is Abdulrahman Al-Jassim of Qatar.
Meanwhile, Golden Eaglets will yet again don white jerseys against Chile as they did in Saturday’s 2-0 win against the USA. The only slight change in the team’s dressing on Tuesda ywould be that of the goalkeepers, who will swap their yellow gear for black top, short and socks. In the same vein, host Chile would swap their white jerseys for their famous red and blue colours while their goalkeepers will dorn yellow attire.
The Group A matches at Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar on Tuesday would start at 5:00pm local time (9:00pm in Nigeria) between USA and Croatia while Nigeria’s Eaglets face Chile at 8:00pm local time(12:00 midnight in Nigeria).