The Flying Eagles of Nigeria’s has secured a semi-final place in this year U-20 nations cup in Niger after defeating host Niger in a 1-0 encounter, hence enabling the team a place in the forth coming U-20 world cup in Poland.
A sole strike from Adamu Alhassan in the 73rd minute was enough to see the flying eagles through. Coach, Paul Aigbogun confessed that the game against the host was most crucial for the Flying Eagles who earlier defeated Burundi and drew 0-0 with South Africa.
“This is our most important match of the tournament so far. There would be no looking back. We are playing the host team but our minds are made up to go all out. Only a win can guarantee us a place in Poland.
“Of course, we noticed a few things in the first two matches we played. The corrections we have made would help us greatly in Friday’s match.” He had assured.
Needing a win to snatch a World Cup ticket early when they took on South Africa on Tuesday, Aigbogun’s wards made hard work of it, with the match ending 0-0.
With Nigeria and South Africa sealing their places on Friday, three of Africa’s flag bearers at this summer’s FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland have been known. Senegal, who plays Burkina Faso in Maradi on Saturday, has already picked a ticket while Burkina Faso is eliminated after two losses in as many matches.