U-20 AFCON: We want to finish strong, beating South Africa is a must – Paul Aigbogun

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Nigeria’s national U-20 coach Paul Osahon Aigbogun has stated that the team is all focused on their third-place match against the Amajitas of South Africa at the ongoing CAF U-20 Africa Cup of nations in Niger which comes to an end on Sunday, February 17.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles lost to the junior Eagles of Mali 4 – 3 on penalties after the match had ended 1 – 1 after regulation and extra time in the semi-final of the competition while South Africa’s Amajitas lost to Senegal by a lone goal in the second semi-final fixture.

Nigeria will be facing South Africa for the second time in the competition after both teams clashed in the group stage of the competition where a goalless draw was recorded.

Despite having less relevance, head coach of the Flying Eagles has stated that the boys will approach the game with all seriousness so as to win the match as every medal is important and the game will also serve as a preparatory match for the world cup proper in Poland later this year.

He also stated that the semifinal loss to Mali is now a thing of the past; “we’ve forgotten about the semifinal game and now our focus is on the third-place match to finish the tournament which has been great for us.”

The Flying Eagles this time around will be hoping to defeat the Amajitas on Saturday at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey. The game will be officiated by Mohamed Ali Moussa of Niger. The match comes up by 4:30 pm Nigerian time.

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