IK Sirius and Nigeria U20 national team midfielder Henry Offia has credited the team’s optimism and firm belief to coach Paul Aigbogun after the team secured its qualification to the next round of the FIFA U20 world cup in Poland despite having to force a 1-1 draw in the encounter to keep Nigeria’s hopes of continuity alive.
Offia speaking in a chat gathered by www.brila.net said the coach was behind the team’s extra drive and push even in the face of obvious pressure to everyone in the team and also urged Tijani Mohammed to keep calm when the second penalty kick was awarded to Nigeria after the scorer had earlier missed a penalty in the first half.
“We just still had a positive mindset that we were still going to do something and so we just believed and keep pushing from the bench to see if we will still make it. We thanked God that everything went well, so it was good.
It’s always be positive and getting down the penalty doesn’t mean we were not going to make it again. And it was still the same person who missed the penalty that scores the penalty. The coach thought about it and gave him the mindset and everything.”
Nigeria’s U20 national team finished third in the group after the match and qualified as one of the top 4 third-placed teams to progress into the next round.
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