Flying Eagles of Nigeria will be playing the opening game of the 19th edition of Africa U20 Championship against the host Senegal at the Leopold stadium Dakar this weekend, Sunday March 8, 2015.
Nigeria U20 team have been handed a hard hitting opponents in Group A, which comprises host Senegal, Congo, and Cote d’Ivoire. Some commentators believe Flying Eagles may not fly high in Dakar.
Except you do not know the reputation of the Manu Garba tutored squad, then I can reassure you Flying Eagles may not need to fly in Dakar, they will shall over most teams in the Africa championship.
Most fans in Nigeria aren’t thinking whether Flying Eagles will qualify or not, but how many goals will the team score to qualify for FIFA U20 World cup to be held later in the year.
It takes something more to tame this ruthless Eagles from feasting on their opponents . The team is looking invincible in its build up to this championship.
Flying Eagles soar above Caf Champions league teams: Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Warri Wolves and Dolphins as well as the U23 national team, to clinch the Super 6 trophy in Nigeria. They also proved their superiority over the Ghanaian U20 team in their two legged international friendly matches played in Accra.
In case you don’t know, most of the boys in the Flying Eagles team graduated from the victorious Golden Eaglets that won FIFA U16 world cup in UAE 2013. Added to them, are some of the boys dropped from the U16 squad because they were slightly over aged.
Something going for the team now is the boys have been together for a long time and have all tested competition both in Africa as well as the world football terrain – talking about experience.
Although, the team will miss the services of Manchester City’s duo Kelechi Iheanacho, who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at FIFA U16 World cup and Christian Nwakali. Musa Yahaya and Isaiah Success are also not part of the team in Senegal now. But the Coach Manu Garba has assured Nigerians, as we saw inn the Super 6 tournament that he has adequate replacement for the boys unavailable.
Three days after Flying Eagles may have done with host Senegal, they will face Congo and then Cote d’Ivoire in the final Group Match. The Semi Finalist will represent the continent at 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.