Nigeria’s national U20 team; the Flying Eagles will on Monday face fellow West Africans Senegal in a round of 16 fixture at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.
The Nigerian side coached by Paul Aigbogun qualified for the second round of the tournament after an evenly balanced statistics of one win, one draw and one loss in the group stage.
Senegal on their own finished tops of Group A with seven points having won their first two games before a scoreless draw in their final group game against hosts Poland. The Senegalese are the ranked favourites for this contest billed for the Lodz Stadium in Lodz.
Both sides met at the final of the inaugural West African Football Union (WAFU) UFOA B Under 20 tournament in Togo last December with the Junior Lions winning 2-0 against the Flying Eagles. The first goal in that game was scored by Amadou Sagna who has scored three goals so far in this U20WC tournament in Poland.
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Nigeria are expected to welcome back dependable centre back Valentine Ozornwafor for Monday’s game while Tijani Muhammad is expected to continue upfront for the Flying Eagles.
The game will kick off at 7:30pm Nigerian time with the winner of the all-African battle facing the winner of the all-Asian tie between Japan and South Korea in the quarter final on Saturday.