BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
- 4 June 1983: Monterrey – Soviet Union 0-1 Nigeria
- 4 June 2023: Santiago – Korea Rep ?-? Nigeria
It is on this day 40 years ago that the Flying Eagles defeated the Soviet Union in Monterrey in the U20 World Cup. It was also Nigeria’s first outing in a FIFA organised tournament as the featuring at the 1968 and that of 1980 Olympics were under the auspices of the IOC.
Symbolically, the Nigeria – Korea Republic quarter-final duel at the Santiago del Estero Stadium offers a perfect anniversary package.
It will be the Flying Eagles’ 61st match in the series as the 2-0 defeat of Argentina was Nigeria’s milestone 60th match.