The opening match in Group D could prove to be an absorbing encounter and one that likely will go a long to determining top spot in the group. Turkey come to Nigeria in confident mood with many of their squad at top clubs either in Turkey or abroad. Playing on their home continent the African side cannot be underrated with Burkina Faso having achieved success at this level with a third place finish at Trinidad and Tobago 2001.
The two nations have enjoyed limited but successful experiences at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. In their second and most recent appearance in 2001 Burkina Faso enjoyed a stunning run to the semi-finals, a feat that was matched by Turkey four years later in their only showing at this level to date. The opener pits Turkey's impressive attack against a Burkina Faso side who proved to be particularly frugal throughout the qualifying campaign conceding just one goal in their five matches.
Turkey coach, the long-serving national team full-back Abdullah Ercan, has stated his confidence in his team's abilities so the Turkish can be expected to open the match in robust fashion as a statement of intent. Both teams may feel a win would be a giant stride towards winning the group while a draw would open up the things for Costa Rica and New Zealand in the latter match.
13 - Burkina Faso have previously played in 13 FIFA tournament matches losing on just three occassions. The team's solid record further heightened by the fact that they have never lost by more than one goal.
"This team is aiming to play well and to win the World Cup because Turkey has never achieved that so our target is to play in the final and win the cup to make history," Muhammet Demir, Turkey forward and captain.
"I think it will be an open and even match against Turkey and I think the team that is perhaps a little lucky will win the match," Rainer Willfeld, Burkina Faso coach.