The Flying Eagles acquitted themselves poorly in their first game against Brazil and must beat An Ye-Gun’s team or book an early exit back home
Nigeria U20 handler Manu Garba is likely to ring some changes in the starting line-up for his side’s must-win meeting with Korea DPR at Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth on Thursday morning.
His attacking formation in the first game backfired greatly as they surrendered a 2-1 lead to crash 4-2 against A Seleção.
Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheancho could be dropped to the bench with Taiwo Awoniyi likely to pair Bernard Bulbwa upfront as the Flying Eagles must not give room for mistakes against the wounded Asians.
Korea DPR had arrived in New Zealand with high hopes of progressing to the last 16 but, after opening with 5-1 loss to Hungary, their qualification hopes looks to be fading away.
Coach Ye-Gun who attributed his team’s defeat to not knowing the Europeans is likely to name an unchanged starting eleven with Un Chol expected to partner with Chol Song. Also, Ju Song and Jung Hyok is expected to start.
Nigeria have plenty of attacking threats to disrupt Korea DPR , with Awoniyi now due a good performance following a game of relative anonymity against the Brazilians. Captain Musa Muhammed another Nigerian mainstay, will have to step up his intensity and move the ball quicker through midfield if the attack is to profit.
One false move, however, and Garba’s side are out. There is significant pressure to cope with as the Asians too are within 90 minutes of kissing the competition goodbye at the very first juncture.