U-17 World Cup Final: 'It's Payback Time For Eaglets'


Mexico’s star player Ivan Ochoa has declared that his team have unfinished business with Nigeria, as both teams are set to face each other in the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Ochoa scored twice for the young El Tri as they beat Argentina 3-0 on Tuesday to book a place in the Final.

After the game, the youngster told FIFA’s official website that his team is looking to avenge the 6-1 loss they suffered at the hands of the Nigerians on the opening day of the tournament.
“We’ve got some unfinished business with them,” Ochoa said “We’ve got a score to settle with them and we want to face them in the final and beat them. We’ll be looking for revenge for what happened.

“That’s one of the great things about football – it gives you the chance to get revenge. We’ll be battling to the very end.”

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are in scintillating form having scored an impressive haul of 23 goals en route to the Final, with the latest being their 3-0 win over Sweden in the semi-finals. The Eaglets are a kind of side most teams would want to avoid. Yet Ochoa believes Mexico have come on leaps and bounds since their humbling defeat to the Africans in their first group match.

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“A lot of things went wrong for us in that game,” he explained. “There were lots of little details too. We’ve been putting them right little by little, developing into the team that we’ve become. We’ve found our style and our way of playing. Unity is what makes us strong and we’re sticking together and moving forward as one.”

Meanwhile, Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, has warned that the revenge seeking Mexican team would be a hard nut to crack on Friday.

“I still maintain that the Mexican team are a very technical team and we can see their resilience by coming from a 6-1 loss to us (Nigeria) and still be in the final.

“We are not going to be under any pressure against Mexico in the final because we would prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the final. I believe the final is going to be a great one but by the grace of God, we shall win this trophy for Nigeria and Africa,” he said.