AFCON U17: Nigeria, Angola talk tough ahead of clash
AFCON U17: Nigeria, Angola talk tough ahead of clash
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AFCON U17: Nigeria, Angola talk tough ahead of clash

Nigeria will take on Angola in their second game of the 2019 AFCON U17 Championship taking place in Tanzania.

The match will be played in in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, and both teams, who have already won their first games, are talking tough ahead of their second tie.

Nigeria assistant coach Jolomi Atume said: "We understand that we need to win this game to qualify not only to the semifinal, but also to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a very important match for us and for our opponents too.

"To be honest this will be an open game for both teams.
Angola is a good team. They play well and they are good on the offensive. We know that our defense made several mistakes in the opening fixture against Tanzania which saw us concede four goals, but we are working on to improve.

Nigeria midfielder Andrian Akande said victory against Angola is very important for the team.

"The game against Tanzania was tough, it was difficult to play against the home crowd but we managed to hold on to claim victory. The game against Angola is more important for us because our ambition is to qualify to the FIFA U-17 World Cup and we need to win this game to achieve that. We are not under pressure; we are relaxed and are eager to do well."

Head coach of Angola U17 side Pedro Gonçalves is ready to give a fight.

"This is a big opportunity for us because if we win this game we will have a good chance of going to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. The confidence and motivation level of my players has soared after beating Uganda in the opening match.

"We watched Nigeria against Tanzania, and they are a good team especially in attack. But we will map out a strategy to contain them and possibly win."

Defender Afonso Binga is looking forward to the clash against Nigeria with confidence.

"We are confident of victory against Nigeria. They are a strong team but we are ready to take them on. We are not scared by the fact that they scored five past Tanzania, it happens in football. We are a different team."

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