Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni is upbeat that the Flying Eagles can win the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Poland, reports Completesports.com.
The former Everton striker paid a visit to the team’s training camp in Germany and was pleased with the perfect blend of home-based and overseas-based players in the squad.
“I have played in the youth sides for Nigeria and I know what it means to these young lads (the Flying Eagles) to represent their country, ” Aiyegbeni said in a media statement made available to Completesports.com by the Communications department of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“It was a pleasure to come here and speak with the boys and also encourage them to go all out and do the country proud.
“I am happy with what I’ve seen in training and I urge them not to rest on their oars. They have the quality to do the country proud.
“The blend is good and I hope the boys will bond well before the tournament starts. The technical crew has done well with what I’ve seen and I believe Nigeria will go far in the competition.
“I urge them to win the Cup to celebrate President Buhari’s victory in the last elections.”
Aiyegbaeni, a former Everton and Portsmouth striker, is also happy to reunite with his former teammate Wilson Oruma who is the welfare officer of the team.
“I am also very happy to meet Wilson (Oruma). He’s my former teammate and brother, and it is nice seeing him today. I wish the team all the best in Poland and hopefully, they win the trophy for the first time.”
The Flying Eagles will take on Saudi Arabia U-20′ on Sunday, 5th May in their second preparatory game after drawing 3-3 with SC Freiburg U-19s in their first test game in Germany.
They will face USA, Ukraine, and Qatar in the Group B of the competition which holda from May 23 to June 15 2019.
By Johnny Edward