The defending champion Nigerian team will meet a Chilean squad today in the championship game of the fourth annual Embassy Cup soccer tournament at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Field on the Mall. Game time is 10 a.m.
"We don't have problems winning," said Nigerian Coach A.B. Chukwurah. "We are very confident."
Nigeria defeated the Chileans, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament. The Nigerians use an attacking, physical style, trying to overpower defenses and keep pressure on the opposing goalie.
In reaching this year's final, the Nigerians routed Kuwait, 6-0, and Morocco, 6-0, won on a forfeit from Brazil and defeated Bolivia, 3-1, in the semifinals last Saturday.
Tony Amayo, Friday Johnson and Sylvanus Oriaikhi were the goal-scorers against Bolivia.
The Chileans defeated Cameroon, 4-3, in the first round, romped over France, 10-0, in the second, shut out the International Monetary Fund, 3-0, in the quarterfinals and, last week, beat Britain, 1-0.
Against the British, the Chileans sent 18 shots at goalie Neil Cowley in regulation, but couldn't score. The game was decided in a shootout, 3-2.
Chilean Coach Carlos Applegren takes pride in his defense, led by Alberto Puentes and Arrevea Lliaga and goalkeeper Jorge Arvear.
"We'll have a very strong defensive line, with only one or two attacking offensive players," Applegren said. "The winning team will be the one that controls the midfield."