Sweden U17- Nigeria U17 Preview: Golden Eaglets set to tear apart Blågult in Al Ain
Garba Manu will be hoping his side continue their terrifying form when they take on Roland Larsson’s lads for an early place in the second round of the U-17 World Cup
By Shina Oludare
S.Ramhorn, J.Ramhorn, Sonko, Suljic
Citaku, Vadzic, Anderson, Wahlqvist
Muhammed, Bello, Okon
Nwakali, Idowu, Ezeh, Alfa, Yahaya
The Golden Eaglets sent a severe warning to the other teams participating in the 15th Fifa U-17 World Cup when they made mince meat of defending champions, Mexico in the opening match of Group F. Although Blågult or better still the Blue-Yellows pummeled fellow debutants Iraq in their first game, they face a very sturdy test against the more clinical Africans.
Not taking away the shine off the north Europeans blessed with lofty standards and impressive athleticism, they booked a place in this championship following their semi-final finish at the Uefa U-17 championship.
Roland Larsson will be relying on his boys to re-enact their match-winning performance against the free-scoring Eaglets. In addition, Gustav Engvall whose brace sank the Iraqis will be expected to get the needed goals against Musa Muhammed and Akinjide Idowu's rock solid defence.
Four-goal hero Kelechi Ihenacho will definitely be the man to watch out for in this encounter as the fleeted-footed goal poacher has been tipped to wreck havoc against the Scandinavians' defence marshaled by Ali Suljic. Goalkeeper Sixten Mohlin must be at his best to curtail the attacking forays of Success Isaac and Musa Yahaya.
A win for the Golden Eaglets on Tuesday will see them through to the second round of the competition. ---------- goal.com