Two-time FIFA U20 World Cup runners up Nigeria will faceoff with Qatar in the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Group D first game on Friday (Today) at the 15,300–capacity Tychy Stadium in Poland, the game will kickoff at 5pm Nigeria time.
Chinonso Emeka who is among the surprise inclusion in the Flying Eagles final squad by the team coach Paul Aigbogun has set his sights on victory against Qatar later today.
Emeka is one of the tallest players in Poland, he earned his place in the squad after impressive performance during the team camping in Germany. He impressed the coaches with his ball holding abilities particularly with his back to goal, his height also brings another tactical advantage to the team in Poland comparing the squad to what Aigbogun had in Niger Republic for the AFCON U20. He also convinced the technical crew with his abilities to shoot accurately even in tight situation.
The Club Brookhouse in England forward has said he’s optimistic Nigeria will kick start the World Cup campaign with a positive result against Qatar.
“The moment is here for us, we have been working for weeks and we are at the basic stage with our first game today against Qatar. I recalled our friendly game against Saudi Arabia which gave us a big opportunity to understand the style of Asian football,” Emeka said to Naijafootballplus.com.
Nigeria with 11 appearances compared to Qatar four appearances at the FIFA World Cup. Nigeria were closed at winning the title on two occasions but lost in the final in 1989 and 2005 against Portugal and Argentina respectively while Qatar lost in the 1981 FIFA World Cup against South Korea.
Emeka added; “We are on the edge today and we are ready for everything Qatar will throw at us, they have got good history in the tournament with four appearances, reached the final once and lost. Yes, we have been rated the favourite in this fixture but that won’t determine the game, we have to work very hard to start our tournament with a win. I’m optimistic and I believe in my teammates and the hard work the coaches have put into our preparation. We’ll come out from the game with a positive result.”