The highly anticipated clash between the Flying Eagles and Brazil at the Estadio Unico Diego Maradona in La Plata on Saturday has sparked excitement for Ladan Bosso, the team’s coach. Bosso eagerly anticipates the game, hoping that his national team can achieve their first victory against the South American giants in the various editions of the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Bosso has made a firm commitment to ensure that the Flying Eagles maintain their winning mindset by taking the fight to Brazil in their final Group D match. Nigeria currently holds a perfect record, securing maximum points from wins against Dominican Republic and Italy in the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup. A win or draw against Brazil will undoubtedly see Nigeria top Group D.

Expressing confidence, Bosso believes that his players can overturn the historical trend against Brazil, a team that has proven to be the Achilles heel of the seven-time African champions at the FIFA U20 World Cup. Bosso acknowledges the past defeats suffered by Nigeria against Brazil but remains optimistic, stating that there is always a first time for everything.

“We recognize that Brazil has always been a formidable opponent for our team at this level. We have experienced several defeats against them over the years, but history can be rewritten,” Bosso stated.

“We are currently riding on a wave of robust confidence, and while we do not underestimate Brazil, we certainly do not fear them. Our primary objective for this championship has already been achieved: reaching the knockout stages. From now on, we will approach each match one step at a time. We are determined not to take it lightly and jeopardize our winning mentality by losing against Brazil.”

In Nigeria’s inaugural participation at the FIFA U20 World Cup, Brazil emerged victorious with a 3-0 scoreline in Guadalajara, Mexico, back in 1983. Two years later, the Brazilians defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinals, and in 1987, Brazil delivered a devastating blow to the Flying Eagles, triumphing with a resounding 4-0 victory in their opening game, a defeat from which the Nigerian team struggled to recover.

However, in the 2005 edition of the tournament, both teams battled to a scoreless draw in their opening match of Group F, which took place in The Netherlands. This result provided a glimmer of hope for the Flying Eagles, as they proved that they could stand toe-to-toe with their Brazilian counterparts.

The upcoming encounter between Nigeria and Brazil is poised to be an intense battle as the Flying Eagles aim to finally overcome their historical hurdle against the South American giants at the FIFA U20 World Cup