Buoyed by their stunning fightback from three goals down to claim a dramatic draw against European champions Germany, host nation Nigeria will be determined to tighten up at the back and take all three points against Honduras. While Los Catrachos may have begun their Group A campaign here at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with a 1-0 reverse against Argentina, their individual skill and team spirit caused La Albiceleste problems throughout.
Nigerian supporters leaving the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday went away delighted to have seen their favourites claim a draw against remarkable odds, though it is unlikely Golden Eaglets' fans would be as happy with one point against Honduras. Given their status as host nation and defending champions, failure to win the game would pile the pressure on coach John Obuh and his young charges.
Over in the Honduran camp, supremo Eugenio Umanzor will be asking his team for more of the same after a promising showing against Argentina. Putting in a particularly lively display against La Albiceleste was forward and captain Antony Lozano, though even steely centre-back Jose Tobias may have his hands full with the likes of Terry Envoh, Edafe Egbedi and Stanley Okoro. Yet with the burden of expectation firmly on their opponents' shoulders, the technically gifted Catrachos will feel confident of springing a surprise.
1 - Honduras' previous appearance at a FIFA competition on Nigerian soil, the 1999 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, ended in three defeats from three games. Drawn in a fierce group here at Nigeria 2009, can the Central Americans snatch a win to create a small slice of history?
"Against Germany we conceded three goals because we didn't show any tactical discipline whatsoever. But my players have demonstrated they've got the ability to bounce back and put in an improved performance against Honduras." John Obuh, Nigeria coach.