F/Eagles battle Brazil at Toulon Tournament


flying_eaglesThe Flying Eagles of Nigeria will on Tuesday face the Brazilian national Under-20 team at the Toulon Tournament.

Brazil may not be at Turkey 2013 after they failed to qualify from the South American qualifiers but they have been flying at the Toulon Tournament having won all their three matches thus far.

They overcame a first-half scare by Belgium U21 to win 2-1 in their opening game, before they stopped an impressive Mexico 1-0 and on Sunday they put World Cup-bound Portugal in their place with two early goals.

The Flying Eagles, on the other hand, are yet to really lift up in France after they lost 2-0 to Mexico and forced Belgium to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

The six-time African champions have used the first two matches to try out some players for the World Cup but would most certainly put forward their best foot against the Samba Stars at Stade Louis Hon in St. Raphael from 7pm local time.

This means defenders Ikechukwu Okorie, Kingsley Madu, Shehu Abdullahi are expected to return with Belgium-based John Felegha getting his chance in goal on Tuesday.

This defence will have to put an eye on Brazil twinkling stars like Danilo, Ademilson and Yuri Mamute.

Strikers Kayode Olanrewaju, Samuel Eduok as well as Edafe Egbedi will also return after they were rested against Belgium.

The last time both teams clashed at this level was in 2005, when they played out a goalless draw in a group game at the World Cup in the Netherlands.

Coach John Obuh blamed the strong wind for the lack of flow in his team against Belgium on Sunday.

“The wind did not allow us to play our normal flowing game,” he lamented.

“Both teams had their chances, but we were too much in a hurry to score.

“We hope to improve against Brazil on Tuesday.”

Brazil coach Alexander Gallo said he will be satisfied with a point to take them to the June 8 final as they have already recorded nine points.

“We have nine points from three matches. Now it will be okay to get a point against Nigeria,” he said.

“We are not the favourites to win this competition. France and Colombia have come here with very strong teams.”





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