Ongoing CAF Under-20 championship…Flying Eagles praised

EaglesHEAD coach of Nigeria’s under-20 football team, Manu Garba, has expressed satisfaction with his charges’ 3-1 win over Senegal in the opening game of this year’s Africa Under-20 championship in Senegal.

Goals from Ifeanyi Matthew and Taiwo Awoniyi who bagged a brace, saw the Nigerian side cruise to a straightforward 3-1 victory over the Senegalese at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar.

The Flying Eagles seemed to run out of steam in the second half following a blistering start to the game but Manu stressed that winning their first game was more important than the actual performance.

“It is our first three points of a very important competition,” Manu said.

He went on to state that the side had taken a giant step towards qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“The result of any opening game is very crucial in a tournament like this and we are grateful to God we won.

“We have now taken a foot towards qualifying for the World Cup.

“We did not know a lot about Senegal before the match, but the boys did a good job.

“But we have also put this game behind us and our focus is on our next game on Wednesday (against Congo),” he said.

Nigeria will face Congo on Wednesday at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar in their second preliminary game.

They will then round off their Group A campaign on March 14 against the Ivory Coast at the Stade Caroline Faye in M’Bour.

— Supersport

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