Flying Eagles Shift Focus To South Africa Match

Nigeria’s youth national team, Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbogun has turned his attention on his squad’s second match of the African U-20 Cup of Nations, and says his lads will be all to get victory against South Africa.

Aigbogun is excited with his team’s opening day 2-0 victory against Burundi, but said it is only one step forward and the second stage will be achieved with victory on Tuesday.

Aigbogun said the focus shifts to beating Amarjita, after the Nigerian side, seeking an eighth continental title, shot to the top of Group A on the first day of the 21st edition of the African youth competition in Niger Republic on Saturday.

The victory over Burundi came few hours after the host nation and South Africa played out a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the championship.

Nigeria’s seven-time champions dominated in the first period but had nothing to show for their superior possession and onslaughts.

However, Yahaya Nazifi got the Flying Eagles in front in the 55th minute, before Effiom Maxwell made it two for Aigbogun’s side in the 71st minute.

Nigeria came close on a few other occasions as the match wore on, but there were to be no more goals on the night at Stade Seyni Kountche.

Aigbogun’s wards will earn a spot in the semi finals and a ticket to this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland if they defeat South Africa on Tuesday.

Niger Republic will play Burundi on Tuesday, and then clash with Nigeria in what could be an explosive encounter on Friday.

Nigeria and other Group A teams will also keep an eye on proceedings in Group B, where an all-West African tussle began on Sunday among Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

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