Jolomi Atume, assistant coach of Nigeria’s U-17 team, has expressed confidence that the Golden Eaglets would beat Angola in their second match at the Africa Cup of Nation AFCON in Tanzania.
The Eaglets defeated hosts Tanzania 5-4 in the opening match of the tournament.
The Nigerian side squandered a 3-1 lead as the hosts came from behind to lead 4-3, but the Eaglets eventually won.
However, in a pre-match conference, the assistant coach of the side said the match against Angola was a must-win clash as they look forward to qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
He said: “We understand that we need to win this game to qualify not only to the semifinal but also to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a very important match for us and for our opponents too. To be honest this will be an open game for both teams.
“Angola is a good team. They play well and they are good on the offensive. We know that our defence made several mistakes in the opening fixture against Tanzania which saw us concede four goals, but we are working on to improve.
“This is a youth tournament so sometimes the boys want to express themselves and tactical discipline is low but we will play well.”
Andrian Akande, Golden Eaglets midfielder, also reiterated the importance of defeating Angola.
He said: “The game against Tanzania was tough, it was difficult to play against the home crowd but we managed to hold on to claim victory. The game against Angola is more important for us because our ambition is to qualify to the FIFA U-17 World Cup and we need to win this game to achieve that. We are not under pressure; we are relaxed and are eager to do well.”