*As FIFA picks Chilean referee for Eaglets
Victor Osimhen, Nigeria’s leading top scorer at the FIFA U-17 World
Cup Chile 2015, is looking forward to Wednesday’s Round of 16 clash
against Australia with renewed enthusiasm.
Osimhen has scored a remarkable 45 goals in all competitions
including four at Chile 2015 for the Golden Eaglets and he would be
obvious target of The Joeys at the Estadio Sausalito on Wednesday.
” I’m not under any pressure because we are a solid team and anybody
can score goals for us,” Osimhen told thenff.com” It is nice to have
scored four goals so far in this competition but as a team, our
objective is to win collectively.”
Nigeria is already being tipped as the favourites in this Round f
16 clash against Australia based on past records since the Golden
Eaglets have won all five of the two teams’ previous meetings at FIFA
U-17 World Cups, scoring 12 goals along the way while conceding just
two. The last encounter in 2003 ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.
” We are not going to underrate any team because all the teams left
in the competition want to win and it is even going to be more
difficult because we are the defending champions,” reasoned Osimhen.
“It doesn’t matter to me if I score or not, what we want as a team is
victory against Australia on Wednesday and we are not going to
Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets would revert to their white attire on
Wednesday against The Joeys who will be in dark blue attire in a
match that would be played at 12:00 midnight Nigerian time (8:00pm
Chilean time) according to FIFA.
World soccer governing body has also confirmed the choice of Chilean
officials for the match with the appointment of 34-year-old Roberto
Tobar as the centre referee. He would be assisted by Marcelo Barraza
and Christian Schueman. The fourth official is Levgenii Aranovskyi
The Golden Eaglets duo of striker Funsho Bamgboye and defensive
midfielder, Udochukwu Anumudu would in the meantime, be available for
selection against Australia after serving their mandatory one match
suspension against Croatia.