U20 AFCON: A Tale of Two Eagles And A Final Ticket

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will battle the Junior Eagles of Mali for a ticket in the final of the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations at the Stade General Seyni Kountche today.

Nigeria’s U20 national team finished top of Group A with seven points, defeating Burundi and the Niger Republic while drawing with South Africa, while Mali finished second in Group B with six points after victories over Burkina Faso and Ghana, and defeat by Senegal.

Head Coach Paul Aigbogun said on Tuesday that, having met the first target of a FIFA U20 World Cup ticket, the seven-time champions will play the remaining games without any pressure and would turn out to be much better.

“We set the World Cup ticket as our first target for the championship. We have that now, so we are relaxed to go in there and give our best for the second target of winning the trophy while playing without tension or stiffness.”