Argentina vs Nigeria: Beating the host not new, Flying Eagles coach declares

Ladan Bosso led Nigeria to a memorable win against Argentina at the FIFA U20WC.

Argentina vs Nigeria: Beating the host not new, Flying Eagles coach declares

Izuchukwu Akawor 07:26 - 01.06.2023

Nigeria's quest for a first-ever title at the FIFA U20 World Cup received a huge boost after a memorable night against the host Argentina in the round of 16.

Nigeria Under-20 manager Ladan Bosso is the only one not surprised by Nigeria’s impressive outing against FIFA U20 World Cup hosts Argentina. 

Bosso said it was an expected end after guiding the Flying Eagles to a historic 2-0 win over Argentina in the round of 16 on Wednesday night. 

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Argentina’s win was expected

A brilliant second half display and inspired substitutions from Bosso saw Nigeria’s Flying Eagles end Argentina’s U20WC hopes. 

Ibrahim Muhammad opened the scoring with a calm finish just after the hour mark before two super-subs, Victor Eletu and Rilwanu Sarki, combined effectively to add a second in added time to seal a famous win over Argentina at the World. 

Nigeria sends Argentina out of the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Ibrahim Muhammad celebrates the opener.

The performance and victory sent shock waves in Nigeria and while many have been surprised by the result, the coach of the side Bosso says it was nothing new to him. 

The Flying Eagles boss spoke to FIFA after the match and noted that beating the hosts is nothing new but expected for his boys. 

Ladan Bosso expected the win against Argentina.
Ladan Bosso Nigeria's coach was not surprised by the win against Argentina.

“We need to appreciate what God has done for us,” Ladan Bosso stated moments after the game. 

“For me, as far as i am concerned, the results we have seen so far are all expected end.“

Nigeria finally avenges 2005 U20WC defeat vs Argetina.
Flying Eagles shock host to progress.

Speaking further, Bosso went down memory lane to show how his team is used to taking down hosts. 

“I believe in Egypt, we beat the Egypt team (host) to deny them qualification. In Niger, we beat the Nigerien team in one of the matches we played in Niger,” he added.

“And here (San Juan), beating Argentina is not a new thing. As far as i am concerned, it is an expected end. The most important thing is the mindset of the players.”

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