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After 60 FIFA U20 World Cup matches, Flying Eagles aim for new milestone





In this Sunday’s duel with Korea Republic the Flying Eagles will be gunning for their 27th win and a fourth qualification for the semi-finals after those of 1985, 1989 and 2005.

Nigeria have more FIFA U-20 World Cup participations to their name than any other African nation. The Flying Eagles are in their 13th appearance in Argentina.

They  made history in 1985 by becoming the first African team at the semi-finals.

Furthermore in 1989, they became the first African team to reach the final a feat they repeated in 2005.


Korea Republic on the other hand have crossed the quarter-finals hurdles only once when they got to the final in 2019 where they lost to Ukraine in Poland.

Besides that, their best had been getting to the quarter-finals at Portugal 1991 and Egypt 2009.

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.

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