Vanguard (Lagos)

9 June 2013

Nigeria: Confederations Cup - Tahiti Coach Dreams Good Start Against Eagles

Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta is dreaming of a good start against the Super Eagles when they clash in the opening game of the FIFA Confederations Cup on June 17.

Tahiti are drawn in group B alongside Nigeria, Uruguay and World and European champions Spain. Tahiti obviously are the weakest team of the group and they indicated that they have much crying to do after the Chilean Under-20 team thrashed them 7-0 during a warm up match.

"I really hope this defeat will act as a trigger for us and that we will react to this spanking when we play our first game against Nigeria."

Meanwhile all eight nations confirmed their list of players for the tournament and Brazil is already agog as they expect the arrivals of six other nations. Brazil and Tahiti are already on ground.

Hosts and reigning FIFA Confederations Cup champions Brazil boast an array of attacking talent, with Neymar and Oscar arguably the star attractions. Attempting to halt their progress in Group A will be Italy, who have a blend of youth and experience in their squad. Alongside the likes of Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco are veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Japan and Mexico, meanwhile, will look to their respective talismans in Keisuke Honda and the much-beloved Javier Hernandez.

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