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U20 Afcon: Flying Eagles Perch in Ismaila, Ready to seal Quarterfinal slot at Expense of Mozambique

February, 25 2023.

Nigeria' Under-20 men's football team, the Flying Eagles will on Saturday slug it out with their counterparts from Mozambique, in their final round of Group A matches, at the CAF Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, ongoing in Egypt.


A contingent of the Flying Eagles made up of players and officials arrived in Ismailia, Egypt at about 3pm Nigerian time for the crucial match; which will be played simultaneously, at the same time, the other Group A tie against hosts Egypt and Senegal, which had already qualified for the quarterfinals, billed for the Cairo International Stadium is being decided, on Saturday.


Head Coach of the team, Ladan Bosso has repeatedly said the main goal of the side, is to qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia. But after a losing start to Senegal on Sunday, Agbalaka got the only goal as Nigeria piped the Under-20 Pharaohs of Egypt, to resurrect their hopes of making it out of the group.


Win or lose on Saturday, the Cub Lions of Senegal are already through to the next round, and Bosso's men will join them in the last eight with victory of any margin, against the Under-20 Mambas of Mozambique.


However, should the Flying Eagles falter, Nigeria with a draw could still qualify for the quarterfinals as one of the two teams, to place third.


The tournament in Egypt is for the first time having twelve teams, instead of eight; meaning the two top finishes in each group, will be joined by two best losers, in the last eight.


All four teams to qualify for the semi-finals, will automatically punch their tickets to represent Africa, at the World Cup in Indonesia, later this year.

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