Egypt or Nigeria will win AYC- Alloy Agu

The Flying Eagles finished second in their group.

Flying Eagles Assistant Coach, Alloy Agu, said on Tuesday that the winners of the Africa Youth Championship semi-final between Nigeria and Egypt will go on to win the competition.

Defending champions, Nigeria, finished second in Group B with six points and are up against Egypt, who won Group A with a perfect three wins in as many matches.

“This semi-final will be the highlight of this tournament and I believe whoever wins it, will go on to win the championship,” said Agu, who was a former Super Eagles goalkeeper.

The Flying Eagles defeated their Egyptian counterparts in a warm-up game last month in Cairo. They defeated their hosts 3-1 in the first match before they were pegged back by the Junior Pharaohs in the rematch also in Cairo.

However, Agu said the results of those games will count for nothing when both teams clash from 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday for a place in the final of the 2013 AYC.

“Tuesday’s game is a competitive game not a friendly as was the case last month. It will be very different in attitude and character,” said Agu.

“This is a very important game for both sides who want to qualify for the final. Hopefully, we will be the team to do so.

“Of course, there is always pressure being defending champions but we won’t allow this to overwhelm us. We will be only focused on the game,” he added.

The retired goalkeeper further rated Egypt, who finished third at the AYC two years ago in South Africa, as a good team who will give the Flying Eagles a good match.

“Egypt are a very good team who have won all three games thus far at this tournament. They attack and defend very well as a team,” he remarked.

“But I believe the match will be decided in the midfield. Whoever could control the middle would break from there to score the goals to reach the final.”

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini


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