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Flying Eagles Crash Out Of 2021 U-20 AFCON 

Flying Eagles Crash Out Of 2021 U-20 AFCON 

Nigeria’s U-20 men’s team, Flying Eagles, have crashed out of the WAFU B Zonal qualifiers holding in Porto Novo, Benin Republic, Completesports.com reports.

The Flying Eagles have now missed the chance to be at next year’s U-20 AFCON in Mauritania.

Their elimination was confirmed after Cote d’Ivoire defeated Ghana 1-0 in Group B’s last fixture on Saturday.

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The Flying Eagles needed Ghana to beat Cote d’Ivoire by a wide margin to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the WAFU B Zonal qualifiers.

In their first game the Nigerian side played 1-1 with Cote d’Ivoire before losing 1-0 to Ghana.

After two rounds of games played by the three countries, Cote d’Ivoire top the group on four points, Ghana second on three points and the Flying Eagles third on one point.

Following Saturday’s result Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire advance into the last four while the Ladan Bosso-led side are out.

By James Agberebi 

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  • Ako Amadi 6 months ago

    Better luck next time! Hopefully your allowances have been paid by the NFF. It is your right, win or lose.

  • Dominic 6 months ago

    Very bad
    Bosso now you can go home and rest I never trust on your coaching

    Ok now we concentrate on U17

    • TUNDE 6 months ago


      • Marvelous 6 months ago

        Algeria even have U21 league! Oh my God. Is Nigeria even a football Nation? Youth football is zero in our country and our leagues are far below average. I blame the NFF for late appointment of coaches, they would have done better if earlier appointment and preparation was done.

  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    I wonder why Manu Garba with experience at this level and some gains from last year U-17 was not even allowed with Ugbade to handle this team. Those two never struggle with qualification to tournaments. It was just a game of wit in a group of 3. We dominated Ghana and CIV in our matchups but all that counted for nothing as we could not score goals in attack… Quality of coaching is very important at this age grade level. Ghana was never going to do us any favors… We conceded late in Game 1 and still conceded late in Game 2. We have now had two successive disastrous U-20 team… This is very pathetic. Our problem remains quack football management… this was all we got from two screening for coaches with Plilip Consulting! We could have had a coach appointed immediately after last year WC to start scouting and his programme early. Somehow NFF will always fraudulently leave things late as they did not want a coach for both u-17 and u-20 on their payroll long before the qualifying tournament. Amaju Pinnick is ugly and corrupt outside as he is inside. What a shame…

    • daniel 6 months ago

      i talk am from start, Nff cant appoint good coaches like ex internationals from 1994 world cup set. they always appoint someone they will impose players on, use him, you can use finidi geodge, Mutiu, because they are rich guys. no be all those hungry local coach. shebi una wan win world cup 2022? una eye go clear soon, politicians in our football

    • Footballfanatic 6 months ago

      In all honesty I didn’t expect much Ghana and CIV would not have done us any favors cause will still be a threat at the ayc….Disaster started with the appointment of coaches late and then a hurriedly assembled team which I’m not sure if the best were picked. Also, I’m sure they are owing these boys all types of fees and oga pata bad management lol. Lost at least 5-6 or more talents that would’ve have been discovered along the way up from the ayc to the wyc.

    • Ako Amadi 6 months ago

      A football coach is as good as his/her last match. Let us look more at sports administration in Nigeria in general. We often discuss thr symptoms of a disease and not the causes

  • Olabode Samuel 6 months ago

    It is not a surprise results to me because l said on many occasions like this that this present nff led by Mr.Mervin Pinnick has no single plan for youth football development.All this present administration is concerned about is the Super Eagles and that is why the results of flying Eagles.

  • Proudly9ja 6 months ago

    You can watch Chelsea take on Iwobis Everton in AFCON  TV just in case you don’t have access to the match

  • Not surprise. You can’t keep on doing the wrong thing and expect positive result.
    What do you expect from wrong coaches that NFF recently employed to manage our football teams.

  • A coach who failed 13 years ago, still he got employed again? Something is definitely wrong with these guys. It seems they do not think properly. What a shame!

  • The U20s were set up to fail.

    Whilst the likes of Ghana and Ivory Coast were camped for months, whilst the Moroccan U20 have been playing international friendly matches for months, Nigeria was sitting there twiddling thumbs.

    Waiting until a month before the competition to appoint a coach and then expect him to scout, screen, train, develop a team was expecting too much. I doubt ANY coach would be able to succeed. All the coach did was assemble youth players from 2019 (U17, U20) look to see which are in any shape and then run with it.
    People lashing the coach are misdirecting their criticism, the fault lies squarely with the NFF. Basically they have gotten away with hiring a coach for a national team for a maximum of 2 months and now the position will be vacant again for the next two years.

    This is a failure of the NFF who have no plans for football in the country 

  • They never stood a chance with this coach

  • They will soon blame Rohr for this?

  • Garre 6 months ago

    Lol shame on you corrupt NFF or NFA whatever dumb name it bears. You can’t eat your cake and have it .A failed system can never produce positive results. A goat can never give birth to an eagle .What a shame!! There’s no gainsaying that our government is corrupt and corruption has finally destroyed the whole system. From the top tier to the least ,are all money thirsty numbskulls . None of them ,is willing to enhance the development of any sector in Nigeria .Nothing is working ,therefore  i do not longer expect anything good from these same money thirsty politicians in charge of the affairs of soccer in this country.Our national soccer teams used to be source of joy to me and every other Nigerian in diaspora but today it is nothing to write home about.We used to look forward to matches of our national teams with high expectations and enthusiasm.They were times i could never do without a soccer program either on tv or radio station. I could never go a day without reading sports newspapers. I’d go to school late because i didn’t want to miss out on any soccer program in the morning. Then i could never go a day without talking about Nigerian soccer players and looked forward to their growth in becoming big ballers but all of a sudden i have lost passion And interest on the  same national teams . It’s quite unfortunate,grassroots soccer have lost its origin in Nigeria .Yet it is the heartbeat of the nation and should be made a priority but like the Bible says “ If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do? “  and also If you fail to plan,you’re planning to fail..

    • Success Adewale 6 months ago

      Same sentiment my brother, 30naira complete sports everyday but no more.

  • Edoman 6 months ago

    Do you folks really believe that Nigeria home-based players will qualify for anything outside Nigeria with the inapt football administrators running things in Nigeria.? Common. Their mindset is, assemble these village kids together and say to them, ‘oya,’ “this is your time to shine, go play for Nigeria”. “We will not pay you until you beat everybody”. They will even tell them, “take the photo-ups with the National Jersey and see what you can make out it” Ha ha ha, losers.

    • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

      No the home based players will win us the WorldCup Lmao!! Shebi all the foreign born players we have in the SuperEagles are average players with mediocre results?? No problem the home based players will win the next WorldCup oya!! I laugh in ijebu.