The esTadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar
will come alive again today when Nigeria
and Brazil for the first time in the history
of the global cadet championship clash for
a semi final ticket at the ongoing FIFA
Under-17 World Cup, Chile 2015.
There is a healthy rivalry between both
countries with Nigeria slightly ahead
of Brazil with four titles as against three
under the belt of the South Americans and
Golden Eaglets’ Head coach, Emmanuel
Amuneke has admitted here that it will
be a battle royale when the two most
accomplished teams at this level ‘trade
“Our match against Brazil on Sunday
(today) is not a cup final but I agree with
you that it is not going to be an easy match
either,” Amuneke told“
This is one more game towards our
objectives; the Brazilian team is very good
and over a month ago, we beat them 2-1
at the Suwon U-17 Youth International
Tournament in South Korea.
“ We have seen the stuff they are made
of but it would be a totally different ball
game on Sunday because this is a World
Cup match and not a friendly match or
a pre-World Cup tournament . “ But I’m
hopeful, we are going to put up a good
fight against them on Sunday,” Amuneke
Nigeria and Brazil have seemingly
had an identical route to the quarter finalstage after both lost once at the
Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso in
Coquimbo at the group phase. Whereas
Brazil lost 1-0 to South Korea in their first
opening match in Group B, the Golden
Eaglets lost 2-1 to Croatia in their last
Group A match and Amuneke further
explained that there won’t be margin for
errors on Sunday.
He said, “ On Sunday, both teams
would be at their best because we have
both seen ourselves in Korea before now
; and I expect this to be a difficult match
for both teams but what would count is
the mentality of both teams on Sunday,”
he said without letting out his strategy.
“We don’t build our team on jokers
rather, we want to play as a team because
every player brought here is equal to the
task but we are going to see how we can
get better on Sunday (today).”