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African Games 2023: Gusau Charges Flying Eagles To Secure Semi-Final Ticket

African Games 2023: Gusau Charges Flying Eagles To Secure Semi-Final Ticket

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has called on players of the U20 Boys, Flying Eagles to be ready to put up more than their level best when they confront Senegal’s Young Lions of Teranga on Friday in a make-or-break 13th African Games group phase final match at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium in Accra.

The NFF boss minced no words in saying he has not been impressed with the outing of the seven-time African champions at the continental meet so far, in which they have lost 1-2 to Uganda and edged South Sudan thanks to a late penalty converted by Isiyaka Muhammad Sadiq.

“Nigeria has a high pedigree in youth football across the globe and that is a fact that should ring loud in the minds of every player wearing the green-white-green at that level. We did not fare well against Uganda and I gave the boys a piece of my mind.

“Against South Sudan, we should have done more and taken the three points quickly but had to struggle. I believe the players have the potential to do far more and they should start by showing their stuff against Senegal on Friday. It is a match we have to win to reach the semi finals.”

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Initially, the Group B housing Nigeria had five teams, which would have amounted to each team playing four matches instead of three. However, Tunisia pulled out late in the day, and with six-pointer Uganda having picked the first semi-final ticket from the pool, the second ticket is a straight fight between Nigeria and Senegal. South Sudan are out of the running having lost both games.

On their part, defending champions Falconets have no such worries in the women’s event of the Games as they head into their final match of the group phase having picked up the semi-final ticket, with six points from their first two matches.

Chioma Olise and Yina Adoo scored to send Morocco packing on Matchday 1, before an avalanche from Loveth Edeh, Motunrayo Ezekiel, an own goal by Aisha Kales and again Chioma Olise put Senegal to the sword on Monday night.

Cameroon, who have endured a string of defeats by Nigeria in various sporting spectacles in recent weeks, face another humiliation as they must take on the supercharged Falconets at the Cape Coast Stadium on Friday evening.

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  • okponku 1 month ago

    Oga Gusau i can’t finger out the difference between you and your predecessor Amaji P. It’s very horrific.

  • okponku 1 month ago

    Oya Oga Gusau, your Boy Laden Bosso and his chicken N Team don showcase them weak and JB legs against Senegal. So how market now? I know say una go still sustain Bosso as the U20 Team Coach. Yeye dey smell and you go explain tire how you manage offer this unknown soccer technical trainer such a huge task,even though him don fail many times.

  • So Senegal beat them and they’re out? Lol. Good. Very good. I wouldn’t have been happy otherwise. Let Gusau retain his U20 life coach for whatever other fake competition they’re playing again and re-appoint him next year. And the next, And the next. While he advertises the SE and U17 positions.

    The other day, he was saved by the goal post against South Sudan. Yes o, South Sudan. Karma is seriously working.

    How do you celebrate 1 – 0 win via penalty agaisnt Sudan???? Haba! No nah!!!

    My prayer and wish for Nigeria’s U20 team is to continue to lose as long as Bosso is the life coach and he’s bent on hopefully cashing out from sign-on fees if ever any European or Asian scouts buy any of his nepotiscally selected players (as retirement before finally making way). My patriotism is not blind. Let his players play like Barcelona FC. I don’t support nonsense.

  • Chudynak 1 month ago

    Even the coach himself knows he is below average and cannot be considered for any of the national teams. This is the result of quota system in everything there is in Nigeria. What a country! I hope we will not remind the so-called NFF president to quickly advertise the position of the coach of the flying eagles

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