Seeing host nation Nigeria among the last 16 sides still in contention at the FIFA U-17 World Cup may not raise too many eyebrows, but the presence of New Zealand is something of a surprise. Making their first appearance at a FIFA competition in this age group, the Oceanian side have nothing to lose and will play without pressure against the heavily favoured Golden Eaglets.
After a short trip to Bauchi for their final group encounter, the Nigerians will be back at their National Stadium stronghold in Abuja, where they will be reunited with their warm but demanding fans. Those supporters are certainly not prepared to see their heroes fall to a New Zealand side through to the knockout stage of a FIFA tournament for the first time at any level. So it should be fascinating to see how the hosts cope with being hot favourites against a team who, while having nothing to lose, will surely adopt a defensive approach.
In the Young All Whites' camp, morale could hardly be higher. A group-stage exit would have surprised no one and New Zealand's progress to the Round of 16 has an almost miraculous feel to it, thanks in large part to Jack Hobson-McVeigh's sumptuous stoppage-time strike against Turkey. Stephen Cain's troops know they are not favourites against the home side and will play free from pressure, as so many sides have done in the past on their way to causing memorable upsets.
The winner of the tie can look forward to a quarter-final encounter with Korea Republic or Mexico, who lock horns in Bauchi.
1 - the number of times New Zealand have ever reached the knockout stages of a FIFA tournament after 16 attempts. It is also the number of yellow cards collected by Nigeria since the start of the competition, putting them top of the fair-play standings so far.
"It would be a big mistake to underestimate New Zealand because they're a talented and determined team. We've seen a few of their matches; they never give up and they fight right up until the final whistle." John Obuh, Nigeria coach
"We can't wait to take on Nigeria. My players will learn a lot from this occasion and, believe me, Nigeria won't have an easy game. We won't throw in the towel against anyone. We're ready." Stephen Cain, New Zealand coach