Nigeria’s youth national team, Flying Eagles are set to light up 15,300 capacity Tychy Stadium in the Slask region of Poland, as they go out for their first match of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Friday.
Paul Aigbogun’s side, who land in Poland on Sunday and had their first training session on Monday, will aim for a good start in Group D, but they must not be overconfident against the country that once reached the Youth Mundial’s final.
Such it was 38 years ago, when Qatar shocked the football world when in reaching the final of the then World Youth Championship of 1981 in Australia, but lost 4-0 to Germany.
It simply means Aigbogun’s lads must not be overconfident, when they step out against the 1995 hosts as the venue that has been described as one of the most beautiful sports facilities in the Slask region of Poland.
The ground, which was opened in July 2015, is the home arena of Polish first division club, GKS Tychy, and was also one of six venues that hosted matches of the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2017.
Aside the mental edge of never underrating any opponent, Aigbogun’s lads will also have to remember details of the lecture they received from FIFA buffs, who schooled the lads on new rules of the game that will take effect at this year’s Youth Mundial in Poland.
The FIFA egg heads and match officials took the Flying Eagles through basics of regulations, best practices, body movement and gestures they should put to heart, in order to avoid on-field infractions and resultant penalties during the competition, which begins on Thursday.
Immediately after traditional routines to welcome participating teams to global competitions, FIFA referees’ instructor, Jerome Damon took the Nigerian players and officials through new laws of the game that will be implemented during this year’s youth championship.