The Flying Eagles want to be the first team to win under the new dispensation but will have their hands full against the young Cranes of Uganda in the last eight.
Nigeria’s team at the ongoing U-20 Afcon, the Flying Eagles, are not ready to return to the country anytime soon.
The coach of the side Ladan Bosso told Pulse Sports that the team is focused on getting a ticket to the World Cup.
Bosso also noted that his team is prepared to go all the way to lift the title as a gift for the newly elected President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Flying Eagles eye World Cup ticket, U-20 title
Nigeria’s U-20 team will on Thursday go head-to-head with Uganda in the quarterfinal of the U-20 AFCON in Egypt.
Ahead of that encounter, coach of the said, Bosso, told Pulse Sports that his team is fully focused on getting the ticket to the World Cup before looking to crown it with the title in the final.
“We have played three matches, our plan from Nigeria was to six matches, three are gone, three left,” Bosso said.
“So, we are still hoping that our plans will work accordingly so we play the remaining three matches. For us to win the matches we need to win tomorrow (vs Uganda), the semifinal and be in the final.”
“Nevertheless, the first issue for us is to win tomorrow so we can get the ticket to the World Cup.”
Flying Eagles plan gift for President-elect
Nigeria overcame a shaky start in the tournament against Senegal to finish as one of eight teams to book a place in the quarterfinal.
The Flying Eagles turned things around with an aggregate 3-0 win over Egypt, the host, and Mozambique to seal a date in the quarterfinal against Uganda.
Speaking further on the team’s progress, Bosso added that the Eagles are looking to present an “international gift” to newly elected President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirmed as Nigeria’s President-elect.
“The NFF President and other board members are here to visit,” Bosso added.
“This means the more we play, the more we see goodies. Thank God they have just done the election for the Presidency in Nigeria and everyone wants us to be the first to give the President a gift, an international gift.”
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Results from Group B on Thursday, meant that all four team would have to wait until their final group games to decide their fate.