Flying Eagles gamers at their morning coaching session on December 8, 2020.
Nigeria’s U-20 crew, the Flying Eagles will search a spot within the semi finals of the continuing WAFU B U-20 Tournament in Porto Novo on Wednesday after they confront West African arch rivals, Ghana’s Black Satellites on the Stade Charles de Gaulles.
With solely three groups in Group B and having drawn their first tie towards Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, the seven-time African champions require a win to keep away from any kind of permutation to advance to the knock-out stage of the competitors.
In their opening match, Chris Nwaeze gave the Flying Eagles the lead within the 61st minute towards the Ivorians however then received despatched off for a second bookable offence as Nigeria conceded a late equalizer to drop two factors.
Head Coach Ladan Bosso is upbeat in regards to the possibilities of his wards, saying the teachings learnt from the opening conflict can be put to good use towards the illustrious opponents. “I thought we did enough to pick up the three points against the Ivorians but we lost concentration towards the tail end of the game and were punished for it.
“We controlled the game for most parts and should have won but the red card destabilised my boys and put us out of sync tactically. The clash with Ghana will be tough but we are ready. The boys understand what is at stake and I have confidence they will do the nation proud. Our target here remains the same: winning the tournament and qualifying for the CAF U20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania.”
Mike Zaruma, who captained the crew towards the Ivorians, echoed Coach Bosso’s optimism. “Taking only one point from the tie with the Ivorians was a tough one because we played better and created more chances to win the game. We felt disappointed but that is behind us now and Ghana is the focus. We know that we must win to enhance our chances of reaching the knockout stage.
“I believe in what we can do as a team. We are ready to pick the three points against Ghana in order to make Nigerians happy.”