Brazil’s national team had its first victory in the World Youth Championship, in the first match of the President’s Cup against Nigeria, 23:30 (14:14) in Boris Trajkovski Arena.
Brazil remained without the team captain, Tarcisio Oliveira Freitas in the third minute of the match and this affected their game especially in the first half. Nigeria was also hoping for their first victory in the championship. They were looking for their chances and struggled. They manage to returned from negative 2:5 at 9:9, and had a lead of 11:10 but left the half with 14:14.
Brazil created the advantage early in the second half, 19:15, 23:18, thus resolving the dilemmas of the winner of the match. Nigeria’s goalkeeper Obinna Оkwor was the main reason Brazilians didn’t won with bigger difference in the end.
EMEKA JOSEPH NNANAMI, HEAD COACH OF NIGERIA
“I’m not disappointed. I know that my players played the best they can. Maybe we could win the match… We had our chances but we didn’t use them”
ALBERTO GALLINA, HEAD COACH OF BRAZIL
“We are happy with the first win. We were hoping to play in eight-finals but we didn’t make it and now will try to get the best position in the President’s cup. We started good, but we lost our captain early in the match and we needed time to re-organize our game and we did that in the second half.”