Flying Eagles manger, Ladan Bosso has said that the priority for the U20 team is to qualify for the World Cup before trying to win the tournament while playing down any fear of the supposed tough group the boys are in.
The Nigeria Under 20 national team are in the same group as favourite as Egypt, Senegal and another good team Mozambique.
“The group is a normal group. Every team that qualifies for the U20 Africa Cup of Nations is hopeful of qualifying for the World Cup”, Bosso said after the draw was made Friday per scorenigeria.
“So, whether we are in a tough group or not, if you want to qualify for the World Cup, you must play against the top teams at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We will take it step by step. We won’t put any country first, we must respect every country in our group and we’ll work towards it.
“This team is not Bosso’s team, it’s Nigeria team. So, I want everyone to pray for the team now that the draws have been made.”
The Flying Eagles are the most successful team in Africa at this level having won the tournament a record seven times.
Bosso said the main target is to reach the semifinals, which will qualify the Flying Eagles to the U20 FIFA World Cup in Indonesia in May.
“We’ll do everything possible to improve the tempo of the players so that we can give a worthy representation,” he assured.
“Our priority is to qualify the team for the World Cup and eventually if we do, win the tournament.
“I know the calibre of players we have already and I believe they can do it.”
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