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Nigeria Vs South Korea – 2023 U-20 World Cup quater-final match preview

Nigeria and South Korea will lock-horns in a quater-final match at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup. SPORTSRATION presents a preview.


Type of Competition: FIFA U-20 World Cup

Stage: Quater-final

Fixture: Nigeria Vs South Korea

Date: June 4, 2023

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades


Nigeria and South Korea have met on two occasions at U-20 level. The first was in the group stage of the 2005 U-20 World Cup and ended in a 2-1 win for the Asians.

Nigeria then won 1-0 in their next meeting at the 2013 edition.


Nigeria and South Korea are the only teams from their respective continents left in this tournament.

By their nicknames, it is a match between the Flying Eagles and the Tigers of Asia.

To reach this stage, Nigeria finished 3rd in group D behind Brazil and Italy. The Flying Eagles won the first two games vs Dominican Republic and Italy before falling 2-0 to Brazil in their last group match.

A stunning Round of 16 win vs hosts Argentina pulled the Eagles through to face South Korea in the last-8.

On their part, 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup runners-up South Korea are yet to taste defeat in this tournament.

Kim Eun-jong’s men defeated France in the opening group game before draws vs Honduras and Gambia to end the first phase.

A hard-fought 3-2 win over Ecuador in the Round of 16 preserved their invincibility ahead of a quater-final game against Nigeria.

There are no reports of injury from both camps meaning Nigeria’s Ladan Bosso and his South Korean counterpart Kim Eun-jong will have a full squad to select from.

Whereas the U-20 Eagles have never repeated the same starting XI in this tournament, Bosso may stick to the same XI from the win over Argentina or a twist could see Tochukwu Nnadi or Jude Sunday dropped for either Eletu or super-sub Haliru Sarki.

For the South Korea coach, having to face a second African team in this tournament [ first vs Gambia in the group stage] may deploy same tactics to contain the physically stronger opposition.

The two countries share identical records of not winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup before, losing two finals and bowing out at the quater-final stage on two occasions.

The winner of this match will face Italy in the semi-final after Carmine Nunziatta’s men defeated Colombia 3-1 on Saturday night.


Nigeria: Aniagboso; Bameyi, Fredrick, Ogwuche, Agbalaka; Nnadi, Daga, S. Lawal; Muhammad, S. F. Lawal, V. Eletu

South Korea: Jun-hong; Chang-woo, Ji-soo, Seok-hyeon, Ye-hoon; Joon-ho, Sang-yun, Hyun-bin, Yong-hak; Seung-won; Young-jun


Nigeria will start as favourites to win on the strength of their performance vs Argentina in the Round of 16.

Yes it is a different game, different opposition different stage but we will stick with the Eagles to fly again.

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