There could be plenty to celebrate for Nigeria soccer fans as Flying Eagles Assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, has predicted that the country’s U20 will see a seventh AYC title by winning all their matches in Senegal in March.
The Flying Eagles who are currently preparing for the 2015 AYC in Kaduna are pitched in Group A alongside host country Senegal, Congo and Cote d’Ivoire.
They begin their campaign on March 8 against Senegal.
“We will win all our matches in Senegal on our way to winning the AYC in style,” said Ugbade, who has represented Nigeria at U17, U20 and full international levels.
“We have quality in the team and will continue to work hard until we have achieved our targets in Senegal before we set new targets for the World Cup in New Zealand.
The semi-finalists of the 2015 AYC will qualify to represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand beginning in May.
Separately, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, director of competitions, Sanusi Mohammed, has assured the Flying Eagles of adequate preparations when he visited them on New Year’s day at their African Continental Hotel training camp in Kaduna.
“We plan to ensure you get top quality friendly matches before the AYC and thereafter you proceed on a training tour of a country with a similar weather condition to that of Senegal,” said Sanusi. “We believe in this team and are very much encouraged by the unity and sense of purpose you have displayed all this while.”
For now the Flying Eagles emerged victorious in all their test matches but they are hoping to get more quality opponent in order to have a better assessment of themselves ahead of the competition proper in Senegal.