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Nigeria confident of Under-20 World Cup success

BELIEVER: Coach John Obuh (PA)

NIGERIA’S UNDER-20’s manager John Obuh believes his squad of players has what it takes to be triumphant in the Fifa World Cup in Turkey.

Obuh has named an experienced squad to travel to the tournament that begins on June 21 and finishes on July 13.

He told BBC Sport: “We have to go to the World Cup with mostly the players from the African Youth Championship.

“I believe in these players, they have proved themselves again and again.

“We got the chance to watch both Portugal and South Korea [in the Toulon tournament] and even played against Portugal in a group game.

“They are both good teams but we hope to be at our best in Turkey.”

The coach faces mounting pressure to deliver as calls for his sacking increase, yet Obuh said he is not letting the criticism affect his plans.

“Football is a very passionate sport and we should expect criticisms whether they are fair or no,” he added.

“In France, we tried some of the new players ahead of the World Cup before we finally named a final squad for Turkey.

“Our fans should please give them a chance.”

Nigeria will play in the same group as Cuba, Korea Republic and Portugal.

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