The Flying Eagles will take it one game at a time while remaining ambitious to win the ultimate prize at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger Republic which holds from February 2 to February 17, coach Paul Aigbogun has stated.
The seven-time African champions will battle host nation Niger Republic, South Africa and Burundi in Group A of the competition, with only the two top–placed teams to progress to the semi-finals and guaranteed automatic berths at this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Poland scheduled for 23rd May to 15th June..
“We must first plan on earning a ticket to the World Cup finals, ” Aigbogun told thenff.com.
“There would definitely be no margin for error in the first two matches. Once we are able to secure maximum points from the first two matches, we would have one leg at the World Cup.
“Afterwards, we would then begin to plan for the trophy. Focus and tactics must be for one match at a time. We cannot afford to falter.”
Meanwhile team Administrator Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal confirmed on Monday that the Flying Eagles delegation will depart for Niamey, venue of their group phase matches, Thursday morning, 31st January 2019.
FLYING EAGLES FOR 2019 U20 AFCON
Goalkeepers: Akpan Udoh (Unattached); Olawale Oremade (Oasis FC); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United)
Defenders: Mike Zaruma (Plateau United); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenburg FC, Norway); Solomon Ogberahwe (El-Kanemi Warriors); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba FC); Olasunkanmi Aliyu (Emmanuel Amuneke Academy)
Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem Academy); Quadri Liameed (36 Lions); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Afeez Aremu (IK Start, Norway)
Forwards: Adamu Alhassan (Kano Pillars); Yahaya Nazifi (Sonderjyske FC, Denmark); Ibrahim Aliyu (Oasis FC); Adeshina Gata (Wikki Tourists); Ibrahim Abubakar (Plateau United); Onyekachi Paschal (Vaxjo United, Sweden); Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba FC).
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By Johnny Edward