Fly­ing Ea­gles feel Zam­bia 2017

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - From Ya­haya Ibrahim and Do­tun Omisakin, La­gos

Nige­ria’s U-20 squad feel strongly that a place at the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Na­tions is within grasp as they con­front vis­it­ing Young Fal­cons of Su­dan at the Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium, La­gos on Satur­day.

The Em­manuel Amuneke­tu­tored side won the first leg in Khar­toum 2-1 two weeks ago and are clear favourites to reach the fi­nals com­ing up in Zam­bia next year.

Sa­muel Chuk­wueze and Vic­tor Osimhen scored as the Fly­ing Ea­gles came from be­hind to de­feat their hosts in Khar­toum, and both goleadors are in top shape for Satur­day’s clash.

Osimhen is record scorer for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, hit­ting 10 goals in Chile last year as Nige­ria roared to a fifth tri­umph. Chuk­wueze’s goals also counted and he scooped the bronze boot as the third high­est scorer of the tour­na­ment.

The Young Fal­cons have a moun­tain to climb against a squad that is not used to tast­ing de­feat. Amuneke has come to this level with the bulk of the boys who did Nige­ria proud in Chile, and have main­tained an un­beaten streak ever since.

Mean­while, a for­mer a Golden Ea­glet Co­or­di­na­tor, Garba Lawal yes­ter­day pre­dicted vic­tory for the Nige­ria U-20 team.

The 1996 Olympics gold medal­ist in a tele­phone chat with Daily Trust, said that though the Fly­ing Ea­gles won their first leg against Su­dan they should not to un­der­rate their op­po­nent on Satur­day.

Lawal there­fore ad­vised the team to re­main fo­cus, say­ing that with de­ter­mi­na­tion they can suc­ceed.

“They are up­stand­ing, I ap­pre­ci­ate the coach Em­manuel Amuneke, and he has a fan­tas­tic work. With much de­ter­mi­na­tion we can suc­ceed but we are to re­main fo­cus and they are not to be un­der­rated,” he said.

Also speak­ing on the team, a for­mer Su­per Ea­gles coach, Chris­tian Chukwu said he is con­fi­dent of vic­tory and even­tual qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the tour­na­ment.

“I so much be­lieve in the team amongst the na­tional teams and I am sure we will beat Su­dan, if we can beat them in their home, what stops us from beat­ing them here,” said Chukwu.

Vic­tor Osimhen of Nige­ria con­trols the ball un­der pres­sure from a Brazil­ian de­fender dur­ing the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015. Osimhen scored one of Nige­ria's two goals in the first leg

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