Flying Eagles coach Paul Aigbogun is targeting three points from their 2019 U-20 World Cup opener against Qatar in Tychy, Poland on May 24.
Aigbogun said the win would be a big boost for his side, who are in Group D of the tournament along with Qatar, the United States and Ukraine.
“Our target is to get those three points in our first game and set off on a run. It would be a big booster. Our game plan is to get off on a good footing at the World Cup and then carry on from there,” Aigbogun was quoted in a media statement from the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The Nigeria Football Federation has done very well to camp the team in an exquisite facility ahead of the World Cup. We can only repay their support and effort, and the confidence of the people of Nigeria, with a good outing in Poland.”
Meanwhile, the seven-time African champions continued their preparation for the global tournament with a 1-1 draw against Austrian Bundesliga II side Red Bull Salzburg.
Substitute Tijani Muhammad salvaged a draw for Aigbogun’s side.
“It took us time to get settled in the game, and when we did, I think we took control. This Salzburg team are a very tough one. They play in the Bundesliga II and it showed in their game but I’m glad my boys rallied back to get a draw.
“We could have won it but for their goalkeeper. We had two good chances in the second half and I thought we should have won at the end. The team are progressing even though there is work to be done,” Aigbogun added.
The Flying Eagles will play their final preparatory match against Red Bull Leipzig in Germany on Friday.
They will fly them out of Germany to Poland on May 19 for the World Cup.