.Kick off is 8.30 am
Did the handlers of the Germany U-20 national team spy on Flying Eagles when the Nigerians spent two weeks in the European country preparatory to the ongoing FIFA World Cup in New Zealand?
The answer may be inconsequential now but truth is, the Flying Eagles must overcome the Germans in Christchurch, New Zealand if they dream of winning a first ever U-20 World Cup trophy for the country.
The African champions finished second behind five-time champions Brazil in Group E to set up a clash against European champions Germany while the free-scoring Germans were top of Group F after garnering the maximum points from three games.
This is the first time both teams are meeting in this competition and they went into this tournament as continental champions. Both sides have shown their tenacity at the back after conceding less number of goals in the group phase. Germany let in just two goals while the Flying Eagles conceded three.
In a related development, Nigerian-born Kevin Akpoguma will line up to play against Nigeria for a place in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The 20-year-old central defender, who is the captain on the Germany U20s, has been a Trojan in the defence of the team and will be the major challenger of Taiwo Awoniyi-led Flying Eagles attack in the round of 16 game in Christchurch.
The youngster is big defender with an imposing figure, standing above six feet.
He is currently playing for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim and has played all the matches for Germany so far in this competition with a goal against Uzbekistan.
He has represented Germany at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels before now.