Nigeria U20 coach John Obuh has described South Korea as “familiar foes” having come against them previously.
Flying Eagles will take on the Asian U19 champions inside the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul from 5pm local time (3pm Nigerian time) on Thursday to determine their fate at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
“Korea are a familiar team to me having first met them at the U17 World Cup in 2009. We also played against them at an invitational tournament they hosted in 2011,” Obuh said.
“They are a fast and good team, but we hope to adopt a successful tactic against them and as such I won’t want to single any of their players for special attention. We will play against the entire team from Korea.”
In both instances Obuh has come against the Koreans, he has come out victorious and he will hope for a repeat on Thursday so as to book automatic qualification to the Round of 16.
Two-goal hero against Cuba Umar Aminu said they are prepared to do Nigeria proud against the continental champions.
“We feel good here in Istanbul and are prepared for this match,” he said.
“It is left to us to take the game to them and take our chances.”
The Flying Eagles trained for an hour at the Olympic Stadium, while some team officials visited match venue Ali Sami Yen Arena after organisers insisted that the team could not train on the pitch there so that it would not take more beating as several more games will be played there.
The Nigeria U20s will again sport all-white kits, while Korea will wear all-red.
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers)
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