The coach of the Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, Manu Garba, has set for himself the target of winning the 2015 African Youth Championships.
Manu, who progressed from being the U17 team handler, narrowly missed out on an African title while with the Eaglets and he is looking to fill the void with an African title now with the Flying Eagles.
“The target for the team is to win the AYC and so qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand as the best team in Africa,” declared Manu. “We want to be champions again and we want to do this in style. We know it won’t be easy, but we are working very hard to achieve this target.”
The Flying Eagles have already won the African Youth Championship a record six times with their last triumph in 2011.
In 2013 in Algeria, they finished as third-best team at the AYC behind champions Egypt and runners-up Ghana. Manu believes he has enough quality in his team to rule the continent yet again.
Incidentally, the defending champions, Egypt will not be on parade in Senegal thus narrowing the fight for the ambitious Nigerian team.
The 2015 AYC will be staged by Senegal between March 8 and 22 while the draw will be conducted in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, December 14.
As part of preparations for the tournament the Flying Eagles have already played two friendly games in which they scored an astonishing 16 goals and conceded just one.
Already team officials have announced that the boys will be put to test yet again with a third tune-up match on Wednesday against Ace Academy at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
They have also lined up another test game against YSFON national selection at the same venue on Friday.