Croatia brace excites Nwofor


Nigeria’s U20 team striker, Uche Nwofor (In pic) is excited his brace led Nigeria to a 5-2 win over Croatia at the World You championships on Thursday and secure a place in the next round of the competition.

“I’m happy to have come off the bench to score two goals. Our tactics helped us to beat Croatia and now we have to step up our game and make sure we beat Saudi Arabia on Saturday to finish top of our group,” Nwofor said.

Meanwhile, Ganiu Ogungbe, who suffered an ankle injury in the second Group D match against Croatis, has been given the all-clear for this weekend’s clash against Saudi Arabia.

“He is fit for selection,” said team physiotherapist Nnaemeka Anozie Thursday.
There does not seem to be any ill effect from the tackle on the central defender’s ankle as he walked about the hotel comfortably.

Ogungbe was forced out late into the match against Croatia Wednesday night after he was tackled from behind.

He has formed a superb central defence partnership with Kenneth Omeruo, who features for Belgian club Standard Liege.

The medical staff needed to ascertain the gravity of the ankle injury suffered by Gateway FC star and so held out on a conclusion till after further examination Thursday.

In the meantime, the team will leave Armenia Thursday afternoon for Pereira, which about an hour's drive by bus.

Saturday's showdown against Saudi Arabia will be played there by 8pm local time, which is 2am Sunday in Nigeria.
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