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All you need to know about Flying Eagles’ opponents, Dominican Republic



On the day that FIFA clocks 119 years, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles tonight in Mendoza, Argentina  begin another quest to win the FIFA Under 20 World Cup.  

In the Group D encounter, they are meeting debutants, Dominican Republic at 7pm, Nigerian time (3pm local time).  Nigeria’s best efforts at the competition was finishing as runners-up at Saudi ‘89 and  and Netherlands 2005.

The Dominican Republic men’s U-20 team made history by qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023, where they will become the first side to represent the nation at a FIFA World Cup across all age levels and genders.

The Caribbean nation secured their landmark qualification via the 2022 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship in Honduras last June, where they triumphed over El Salvador, Jamaica and Guatemala in the knockout stages en route to their first final, which they subsequently lost against a strong USA team who claimed their third successive title.

Not only did their exploits at the tournament see the Dominican Republic seal their spot at Argentina 2023, but they also clinched a place at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 courtesy of a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Guatemala in the semi-finals.


Midfielder Edison Azcona and forward Ángel Montes De Oca were both key to their memorable campaign on Honduran soil, with the pair claiming spots in the tournament best XI.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.