The Flying Eagles, who represent Nigeria’s Under-20 national team, have not yet departed from Buenos Aires for San Juan, where they will play Argentina in the Round of 16. Argentina is the host nation for this competition.
Our correspondent in Buenos Aires has been told that the team has been informed that they will be departing in the morning. However, as of the time that this report is being filled out, the players and officials have not yet left the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires for the venue of the match.
Many people believe that this is part of an elaborate plan to prevent the team from advancing to the quarterfinals after they were drawn to play the host nation, Argentina.
As a result of their third-place finish in Group D of the ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Nigeria earned a ticket to the Round of 16. The group was won by Brazil, and Italy finished in second place in the group.
After the conclusion of the group stage of the competition, the teams representing Africa that are competing, Gambia, Tunisia, and Nigeria, will move on to the Round of 16, where they will face challenging opponents.
The winless Gambia advanced to the knockout phase by finishing first in Group F to earn a spot in the next round. In the next round, they will face Uruguay, who finished second in Group E with six points.
The match between the Flying Eagles of Nigeria and the Argentine national team has been scheduled for San Juan.
Argentina finished first in Group A with a perfect record of 1.000, meaning they won every single one of their matches.
Ladan Bosso, the head coach of the team, has stated that despite the possibility of a difficult matchup, they will fight to ensure that they advance to the final.
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We are going to have to compete for the trophy. I believe that you can still go in there. Everyone is able to be there, and I believe that we have the ability to be there as well. We have advanced to the knockout stage, and in the knockout stage, there is a strategy that we can use, and we are hoping that our plans will be carried out in the appropriate manner, as the strategist pointed out.
In the meantime, Tunisia, who also advanced as one of the best third-placed teams, will face the top team from Group D, Brazil, in the round of 16 matchups that will take place in La Plata.
Brazil will play in Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona, La Plata, also on Wednesday, May 31 while The Gambia will play Uruguay at Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago del Estero, on Thursday, June 1.
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