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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015: Dosu Warns Eaglets Over Mexico

Joseph Dosu
Joseph Dosu

With Nigeria set to play Mexico in one of the semi-final matches of the Chile 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Thursday, former Nigeria goalkeeper, Joseph Dosu, has warned the team to avoid complacency in the match.

The Eaglets have met the Mexicans three times at the U-17 level, with two of them coming at the last edition in the United Arab Emirates. Nigeria won twice with Mexico winning once.

Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medallist, Dosu, told our correspondent on the telephone, that the Eaglets have a tough match against the North Americans.

“The Eaglets need to be careful because the Mexicans are also one of the strong teams in this edition,” he said.

“Mexico has also been known to produce an excellent youth team like Nigeria and they have a tradition of playing good football because of their background. The Eaglets should not allow the success they have enjoyed so far go to their heads and play the game with levity.

“They should take the match more seriously than they took their previous matches because they are now a step away from their title defence.”

Apart from Brazil, who won the trophy back-to-back at the 1997 and 1999 editions, no other country has done so in the history of the competition. But Dosu believes the Eaglets can achieve that feat if they pay attention to details in the match on Thursday.

He said, “Winning a trophy is not easy because the other teams came with the same purpose. You have to win tough matches to get there. The Eaglets can defend their title but they need not to underrate the Mexicans.

“They beat them twice at UAE 2013, with one of them in the final. They (Mexico) will be out for revenge. The Eaglets should attack and defend with purpose if they want to win the match.”

And Nigeria coach Emmanuel Amuneke praised his World Cup semi-finalists but says there is still a lot to do to retain their title.

The Eaglets have impressed and striker Victor Osimhen is the standout player in Chile.

Amuneke told the BBC, “Victor is a very important player but the team is doing well by playing collectively.

“We are confident we can retain the title but we must not get carried away.”

He added, “Right from our first game in Chile we believed in ourselves. But the journey is long and the only time we could relax would be after the final if we have achieved our objective.”

Nigeria brushed aside Brazil 3-0 in the quarter-finals, with Osimhen helping his side to victory by scoring his eighth goal in five games.

Amuneke is confident both Osimhen and the team can continue to develop at the tournament.

“The challenge is for them to grow and I am happy that they have channelled their thoughts and belief towards collectiveness,” he said. “This is what we have to continue to do.

“Victor can become a better player in the future. It is good that he is making his mark and we will guide him to become a better player.

“The expectations will be high for him to go to do well on a bigger stage. Hopefully he can keep his head and stay calm. He has to embrace the moment and make the most of it for his country and for himself.”

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