Assistant coach of the Flying Eagles of Nigeria, Abdul Maikaba, has called on Nigerians not to lose hope on the team as he believes they will defeat Ukraine in their final group match at the ongoing FIFA U20 world cup in Poland.
An unimpressive Flying Eagles side was well beaten by Team USA in Bielsko-Biala on Monday night, meaning they must earn a result against the table –toppers Ukraine on Thursday to be sure of a place in the Round of 16.
Speaking ahead of the match, Maikaba expressed confidence in the team getting a win against Ukraine as he revealed that the spirit in camp is high despite Monday’s loss to USA.
“We have played two matches out of three games, we still have the chance to finish top of the group and that is what we are planning”
“We want to win against Ukraine and I believe they can do it because the boys are in high spirits and so the boys can do it”.
“I strongly believe the boys we have three points in that game so as to qualify for the next round of the competition”.
Nigeria must now earn a result against group leaders Ukraine – who pipped Qatar 1-0 earlier in the day – on Thursday to advance to the Round of 16.