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Golden Eaglets of Nigeria forward, Peter Olawale, has expressed optimism that the team will bounce back after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the hands of their Australian opponents on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Despite making 34 attempts on goal, the Eaglets lost for the first time at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil to Australia. Nigeria’s Eaglets went into the game on the back of a six point lead in Group B with their place in the second round of 16 already sealed, but the hopes of a perfect outing in Brazil was dashed.

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Olawale scored Nigeria’s only goal in the game and has insisted the team is still in great shape and will bounce back when they face their opponents in the next round. Their opponents will be revealed on Monday, November 4, 2019, after the group stage finish.

We started well but Australia scored first after we failed to tighten our defence while attacking. We also missed several scoring chances to have won, and after the game, we felt we let our coaches and country down. The loss was annoying but we have learnt our lessons and our focus is to make sure we get a quarter-final ticket against whoever we play against.

It is understandable for people to think we are far from winning the World Cup after losing to Australia, but we will prove doubters wrong. We will continue to work hard in order to conquer Brazil because anything below that will not be accepted back home. All we want Nigerians to do is keep believing in us and cheering us until the aim is achieved.

Peter Olawale

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This article was first published on 4th November 2019


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