The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria continue their effort to retain the FIFA U17 World Cup as they face the South American power-house, Mexico, on Friday, November 6.
Goals from Claudio Zamidio and Bryan Salazar helped Mexico proceed to the Semis as they beat a very entertaining Equador 2 – 0 in the quarter-finals.
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria reached this stage of the tournament after they humiliated Brazil 3 – 0 in the quarter-finals.
The Nigerian team have scored 17 goals so far in the tournament with striker Osimhen getting 8 and hoping to meet and possibly surpass the goal record of Florent Sinama Pongolle of France who scored nine goals in the U-17 World Cup staged in Trinidad & Tobago in 2001.
The Mexicans proceeded to the knockout stage having topped Group C with 7 points. The Latin Americans have so far, won 4 of their 5 games with their only draw against Australia in the group stage which ended 0 – 0.
The teams’ strength lies in their defence having scored 10 goals and conceding just two. The Eaglets need to watch out for Bryan Salazar and Venegas in the attack.
However, Coach Emmanuel Amunike had revealed that Nigeria’s thumping of Brazil will go a long way in boosting the confidence of his players.
A win for Nigeria against Mexico will expose the team to a possible defence of the title which they won 2 years ago.
The second semi-final match will see another African team, Mali which will slug it out with Belgium for a place in the finals.