The Joeys will take the game to Nigeria tomorrow morning says FFA U-16/U-17 technical director Peter de Roo.
When viewers turn on SBS ONE or tune in to a live stream via theworldgame.sbs.com.au to watch the Joeys play Nigeria, they can expect a show.
That’s what FFA U-16/U-17 technical director Peter de Roo is promising Australia, and if the Joeys play the same way they have so far this tournament, those tuning in won’t be disappointed.
“We’re really going to give it to Nigeria; we’re not sitting back,” de Roo said.
“We’re going to play like Aussies.
“That’s the guarantee we’re going to give to those watching.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we don’t fear any team in this competition.”
A win will see the Joeys progress to the Quarter Finals and date with the winner of Brazil and New Zealand.
If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, the match will forgo extra time and go directly to penalties.
de Roo said Nigeria would be a strong side, but the Joeys have already proven themselves as contenders.
“Nigeria is quality; they’re a powerhouse,” de Roo said.
“But we’ve already played against three powerhouses that came here with the goal to be world champions.
“This is the fourth one we’re playing, and we’re actually starting to enjoy coming up against these teams.
Nigeria had a strong start to the tournament and were one of the early favourites to claim the title.
They kicked off their campaign with a strong 2-0 win over USA, before flexing their muscle with a 5-1 thrashing of hosts Chile, before being brought back down to reality with a 2-1 loss to Croatia.
The Nigerians are also leading the goalscoring charts, with Victor Osimhen bagging four goals in the group stage – amazingly enough with a perfect shots to goals ratio.
The Joeys’ Round of 16 clash with Nigeria will be shown live on SBS ONE – and streamed on theworldgame.sbs.com.au - from 9.45am on Thursday morning (AEDT).