Dr. Mohammed Sanusi the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, has challenged the flying eagles’ and the falconet to go for gold medals in the football events of the ongoing 12th All-Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Paul Aigbogun’s wards were forced to a 1-1 draw by their counterparts from Burkina Faso in their opening match of the men’s football event on Friday, while Chris Danjuma’s Falconets took no prisoners, hammering South Africa’s Basetsana 3-0 in their first match on Saturday.
“I have confidence in the two teams that are in Morocco for the football events and I know they will do the country proud. The Falconets have shown their teeth right from the beginning while the Flying Eagles have to rejig their strategy.
“From available records, Nigeria has not won the gold medal in the men’s football event since 1973 that we hosted the 2nd All-Africa Games in Lagos. It is a very long time and the Flying Eagles have to do make their best efforts to win this year,” said Sanusi.
This year’s edition is being contested by U20 teams, in both men and women categories.
Following their draw with Burkina Faso, the Flying Eagles must take a cue from the Falconets when they take on their counterparts from South Africa in their second match of the tournament on Tuesday. Their last match of the group phase is against host nation Morocco on Friday.
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For the Falconets, the three points and three goals from the win over South Africa will be a big boost when they take on Cameroon on Wednesday, 21st August before rounding off their group phase campaign against Zambia on Saturday, 24th August.
Host nation Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Algeria are in Group A.