World Cup defending champions Nigeria will face tournament favourites Brazil on Sunday night with the big prize being a place in the semi-...
This heavyweight clash will kick off 8pm Nigeria time on Sunday. Nigeria have won this competition a record four times, while the Samba boys have won it thrice, but Sunday’s showdown will be the first time both countries have clashed at the U17 World Cup.
Nigeria are seeking a fifth title having won in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013, while Brazil clinched top prize in 1997, 1999 and 2003. To reach this stage, the coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led Golden Eaglets thrashed Australia 6-0, while Brazil barely pipped New Zealand 1-0 in Round of 16 games.
This contest is widely regarded as one between the Nigerian attack and the defence of the South American champions Nigeria boast the firepower of seven-goal Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze and Funsho Bamigboye.
The Eaglets beat Brazil 2-1 at a recent invitational tournament in South Korea, but coach Amuneke is first to warn that a lot more is riding on this World Cup quarterfinal.