Nigeria U17s under the auspices of TikiTaka will be the team to beat and midfielder Alhassan Yusuf the man to watch at this year’s Gothia Cup, which kicks off today in Sweden, after they hammered Hovas-Billdal U21s 7-1 despite playing a man short.
Defender Babatunde Joseph was sent off in the firt half, but central midfielder Alhassan Yusuf shone to inspire the Nigerian youngsters record a big win.
Sodiq Awojoola and Emmanuel Itodo scored a brace.
The game was even at 1-1 after half an hour, but after Uche made it 2-1 in the 50th minute, the fitter and stronger TikiTaka team raced away to a confidence-boosting win.
Nigeria will begin their campaign tomorrow by 11am local time, which is 10am in Nigeria, against Hammarby IF.
They also battle Yeovil Town of England and Swedish club Helsingborg in the first round.