Ug­bade, Omokaro urge F/Ea­gles to forge ahead af­ter AF­CON ouster

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Golden Ea­glets As­sis­tant Coach, Nduka Ug­bade, has Nige­ri­ans and the Fly­ing Ea­gles to put be­hind the dis­ap­point­ment of not qual­i­fy­ing for the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Na­tions in Zam­bia and forge ahead.

Ug­bade said in an in­terview yesterday that the Fly­ing Ea­gles should not dwell on its fail­ure to qual­ify but to re­fo­cus and get back to their win­ning ways.

Ug­bade, a mem­ber of the vic­to­ri­ous 1985 Golden Ea­glets, ex­plained that though the team’s exit was pain­ful, he would urge the team’s han­dlers to forge ahead by work­ing harder.

The Nige­rian U-20 team will be ab­sent at the 20th edi­tion of the bi­en­nial tour­na­ment in Zam­bia af­ter they suf­fered a shock 3-4 loss to Su­dan on Satur­day in La­gos. The Fly­ing Ea­gles had de­feated the Su­danese 2-1 in Khar­toum but was ousted on 5-5 ag­gre­gate scores which left Su­dan to move ahead on away goals.

“It’s so un­for­tu­nate; I can imag­ine how these boys feel hav­ing gone that far but the truth is that, set­backs like these help pur­pose­ful teams to start plan­ning and pre­par­ing for the fu­ture. It’s a game, at times you win and at times you lose, it’s just that it’s been long we suf­fered such a loss with our ju­nior team,” the former de­fender said.

“Hav­ing won the first leg away from home a fort­night ago, many had ex­pected the Fly­ing Ea­gles to seal their place in Zam­bia in an em­phatic style in La­gos.

“How­ever, that was not the case as the more de­ter­mined Su­danese car­ried the day.”

Sim­i­larly, Bright Omokaro, a former Su­per Ea­gles de­fender, said that the fail­ure of the team to se­cure the qual­i­fy­ing ticket showed that there was need for the team to look in­ward. (NAN)

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