Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will today begin their quest to reclaim the FIFA U-17 World Cup the team last won in 2007, when they take on reigning world champions, Mexico, at the Sheik Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain.
The Coach Garba Manu-tutored side who are in Group F with Mexico, Iraq and Sweden, also hope to play Sweden in Al Ain City on October 22, before travelling to Dubai on October 25 for their final Group match against Iraq.
Today’s match, which is their first game in the ongoing 15th edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup which kicked off on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, will see the two teams going for the three points at stake to stand a chance of progressing in the competition. Nigeria lead the way in the FIFA U-17 World Cup ranking, having won the tournament three times as in 1985, 1993 and 2007 and finished as runners-up thrice; 1987, 2001 and 2009.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 will be the 10th time that the Eaglets will be participating in the championship. The only time that the country failed to advance from the group phase was in 2003, when they finished with the same points and goal difference as Costa Rica, …
Source: National Mirror