Nigeria coach Paul Aigbogun will ring changes in his starting line-up to play Ukraine in their 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup on Thursday as players who failed to impress in the previous match could be axed from the team, reports Futbalgalore.com.
Some players like Tijani Mohammed, Aniekeme Okon, Success Makanjuola, could be made to start from the bench as the Flying Eagles are fighting for a win at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30pm Nigerian Time.
The Flying Eagles are coming off a 2-0 defeat to the USA in a game which was played on Monday. This was Nigeria’s first defeat at the tournament having thumped Qatar 4-0 in their first game last week.
They will be keen to secure their place in the knockout stages with a victory over a confident Ukraine side.
Valentine Ozornwafor or Aliu Salawudeen might make way for Norway based defender Igoh Ogbu.
Dashing winger Success Makanjuola is staking claim to take the place of Henry Offia in the team.
Tijani Mohammed is expected to take the place of Adam Akor while Aniekeme Asuquo could take the place of Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru who struggled to cope with the tough and physical terrain in the match against USA.
These were the observations during the Flying Eagles training session on Tuesday even though the coach shuffled his pack as he tried out several options during the training session.
This means his starting line-up was not clear.
While the permutations of the starting line-up is wholly uncertain, it is clear that coach Aigbogun will change his strategy for the match against the Ukrainians with a huge emphasis on attacking.
Nigeria are in desperate need of a win to be certain they have a good chance of qualifying for the second round.