The Nigeria U-20 football team, aka the Flying Eagles, begin their FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 campaign with a clash against Dominicana in Group D in Mendoza.
Nigeria will love to start on a high, given they're the overwhelming favourites to come out on top. However, Dominicana will not want to be a pushover and will aim for an upset.
After a 10 day training camp in Buenos Aires, the 🇳🇬Flying Eagles have arrived Mendoza, venue of their first two group stage matches of the 2023 #FIFAU20WC.
They are in Group D of the tournament alongside 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic, 🇮🇹 Italy and 🇧🇷 Brazil.#SoarFlyingEagles pic.twitter.com/AbAgdKijEA
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 18, 2023
The other game in the group will see Italy and Brazil go head-to-head in a heavyweight clash later in the day at the same venue.
Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Match Preview
Nigeria qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup after finishing third in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The four teams from Africa who made the semi-finals of the AFCON in Egypy earned their spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria are settling down well in Mendoza, venue of their Sunday clash against the Dominican Republic. The FIFA U-20 World Cup starts this weekend #FIFAWorldCupU20 #Argentina2023 pic.twitter.com/ftj4m9Tfia
— Kulikuli Football ( Back Up Account ) (@SoulSna60811190) May 19, 2023
The Flying Eagles will look to make themselves count and improve on their record in the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023. They've never won the competition, emerging as two-time runners-up in 1989 and 2005. The Flying Eagles haven't done well in the tournament off late, suffering elimination in the last three editions of this tournament at the round of 16 stage.
Nigeria vs Argentina at the FIFA u20 world cup in 2005.The players play well to the https://t.co/OMxk1RbKRg the end of the tournament they got many accolades and award The best players at the 2005 U-20 FIFA World Cup:
🥇 Lionel Messi
🥈 Mikel Obi
🥉 Taiye Taiwo pic.twitter.com/jCOQVtrSzS
— HISTORYVILLE (@historyvile1) May 18, 2023
However, Ladan Boso and his boys will be out to make history and reach the finals. Their first task will be to get three points against Dominicana to kickstart their campaign positively.
The Caribbean nation, Dominicana, is making its U-20 FIFA World Cup debut. They got into the tournament thanks to their unprecedented run to the finals of the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 tournament before suffering a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of the USA in the final.
El presidente de @fedofutbol y el Comisionado Nacional de Fútbol encabezan la delegación dominicana que viaja en Arajet acompañando a @sedofutbol que por primera vez participará en el Mundial FIFA Sub 20. ¡Vamo’ Arriba equipo! 💜⚽️🇩🇴 #RubenGarcia @BennyMetz pic.twitter.com/NQ5k11DWfH
— Arajet (@AraJetAirlines) May 18, 2023
And just like it was in Africa, the semi-finalists in the CONCACAF got the nod to represent the region in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina. Walter Rosales and his Dominican side will have their work cut out as they play an experienced side in Nigeria.
Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Match Predictions
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1st Prediction: Nigeria to Win
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles held Colombia to a 3-3 draw in their last warm-up game for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Tuesday night.
Colombia improved their chances nine minutes after falling down on 20 minutes, thanks to an own goal by Abel Ogwuche.https://t.co/EOwGXXbabv pic.twitter.com/TTU6gP8i8v
— Emeraldloaded (@Emeraldloaded) May 17, 2023
Nigeria come into this FIFA U-20 World Cup fixture after a 3-3 friendly draw with Colombia a few days ago. The team have been in good shape ahead of this tournament, winning four of their last six games. Knowing Dominicana has been on a losing course in friendlies since the finals of the CONCACAF, we're backing the Flying Eagles to win this bout.
2nd Prediction: Over 2.5 Total Goals
Both teams have been involved in high-scoring games in their two recent fixtures. While Dominicana does not have the pedigree of Nigeria in front of goal, we still feel this game will produce at least three goals.
The two teams have never played before.
Nigeria U-20 vs Dominicana U-20 Lineups
Official lineups for this FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be out an hour before kick-off.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nigeria vs Dominicana
What time will the Nigeria vs Dominicana FIFA U-20 World Cup match kick-off?
This FIFA U-20 World Cup match will kick off at 3 PM local time in Argentina.
Where will the Nigeria vs Dominicana FIFA World Cup match take place?
The FIFA U-20 World Cup group-stage clash between Nigeria and Dominicana will be played at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.
Which of these teams do the bookies favour to win the match?
Nigeria is the bookmakers' favourite to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup clash.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago