Flying Eagles of Nigeria gear up for 2019 U-20 African Nations Cup

Flying Eagles of Nigeria gear up for 2019 U-20 African Nations Cup

- Flying Eagles of Nigeria will campaign at the 2019 U-20 AFCON in Niger Republic

- Eagles have won the championship seven times before in their history

- They are in Group A where they will face host nation, South Africa and Burundi

Flying Eagles of Nigeria are now gearing up for their campaign at the 2019 Under-20 African Nations Cup in Niger Republic after winning the championship seven times in history.

Eagles have won the title in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011 and 2015, but the Nigerian team failed to defend their crown at the last edition of the tournament in Zambia losing against Sudan.

But this time around, the Flying Eagles under experienced former Warri Wolves' gaffer Paul Aigbogun are ready for the championship in Niger.

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Nigerian Under 20 team are expected to leave the country for Niger Republic on Tuesday, January 29, as they battle South Africa, Burundi and the host nation in Group A.

Nigeria open their account against South Africa at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on Saturday, February 2, to be followed with two key ties against South Africa on February 5 before wrapping it up against perennial rivals and neighbors Nigeria three days later.

Four semifinalist from the 2019 U-20 AFCON will proceed to represent the continent at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be hosted in Poland.

“We don’t need to underrate any team; South Africa is a very good team as well because they defeated us in the U-17 AFCON in 2015 and that was an experience for me.

“We would need to fight till the very end because our target is qualification for the World Cup,'' goalkeeper David Udoh told Caf online.

Earlier, had reported how Nigerian football fraternity were thrown into mourning following the death of former Flying Eagles and Stationery Stores of Lagos defender Collins Ebitimi.

The 54-year-old who was a legend as far as Nigerian Professional Football League is concerned was said to have slumped in front of his house in Ikorodu, Lagos on Wednesday, September 26.

Collins Ebitimi became famous in the Nigerian topflight football when he helped Stationery Stores of Lagos to win the Nigerian Premier League title in 1992. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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