IK Sirus of Sweden striker, Henry Okechukwu Offia has expressed a strong belief that he and his colleagues in Nigeria’s youth national team, Flying Eagles will do well at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.
Speaking ahead of the team’s opening match this Friday against Qatar, Offia, who scored thrice during four build-up matches to Poland 2019, said determination and hard work are their assets.
The Diamond Football Academy of Lagos product, who is being strongly tipped to lead the Flying Eagles’ attack in Poland, added that the players will do everything they can to bring glory back home to Nigeria.
Offia, who is one of the new set of players Coach Paul Aigbogun has shot into his list for the Youth Mundial, where he will now battle for a spot with the like of Jerome Akor, Emeka Chinonso and Jamilu Mohammed.
Aigbogun is toying with employing either a 4-3-3 formation, which he used at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations, with Offia as the arrow head, or a 4-4-2 formation, with Akor playing alongside the new kid on the block.
However, Offia is not thinking of all that just now, as he instead chooses to look at general improvements the team has achieved since their three-week stay in Germany, and he believes they are now more united.
Offia added: “We have been working hard as a team since I arrived here and have improved with the friendly games played so far.
“I believe with the unity and our preparations we can take the world by storm and make the country proud.”