Thursday, 20 June 2013
Turkey 2013: Portugal unleash Nigerian against Eagles
The Portuguese U-20 national team will unleash Tiago Ilori, a defender whose father is Nigerian, against the Flying Eagles when both teams clash at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.
The Portuguese, who were U-20 world champions in 1989 and 1991, were beaten in the 2011 World Cup
final in Colombia 3-2 by Brazil after extra time.
Coach Edgar Borges has assembled another decent side for Turkey 2013.
He has retained the bulk of the squad from the Toulon Tournament, meaning goalkeeper Jose Sa, skipper Joao Mario, David Luis-lookalike Tiago Ferreira, To-Ze, Tiago Silva and Aladje will again be in action against Nigeria.
Ilori is expected to partner Tiago Ferreira in the heart of a well organised defence, where right fullback Tomas Dabo loves to join the attack.
Italy-based striker Aladje is big and strong and his left foot is lethal.
The Flying Eagles were second best when they played against Portugal at the Toulon Tournament.