By Amaechi Agbo
Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbogun as attributed the Flying Eagles’ qualification to the 2019 Niger Under 20 African Cup of Nations to the players’ adherent to tactical instruction
Nigeria on Saturday humiliated Mauritania 5 – 0 in the return leg of last qualifying round of the 2019 event. The Under 20 Eagles had earlier held their opponents to 1-1 away draw.
in the first leg and needed a goalless draw or an outright win to book their ticket for the biennial tournament.
The victory came in sweet fashion as the lads wasted no time in registring their intent to win the match when Enymba attacker, Wasiu Alalade opened the scoring rout in the early minutes of the game enroute to a 5-0 bashing that saw the former champions qualify for the tournament in four years after miss out in 2017 edition.
Speaking to journalists atntje end.of the encounter held in Agege Stadium, Lagos, the Enyimb International coach expressed delight over the victory and commended his players for.playing according instructions.
“It was a sweet victory for us. The boys actually heeded the instructions by scoring early goals which subdued our opponents.”
“We knew early goals would propel and give the players the much needed confidence to settle into the business of the day and that was evident in the way we played in the first half,” he said.
On his decision to introduce a player who trained for only three days with his team, the coach the introduction of Afeez Aremu, the only oversea-based player in the team was to provide stability.
“The introduction of Afeez Aremu in the team paid off as he brought the much needed stability to the midfield and I was impressed with his overall performance.”
He expressed his confidence in the players and concluded that the overall performance of the lads was exceptional against the Mauritanians.
It could be recalled that Nigeria U20 failed to qualify for Zambia 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations following a 4-3 defeat at home to 10-man Sudan.
The then coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s side needed a draw to stand a chance of defending their title in Zambia, but were unable to do their part and the north Africans won at the Teslim BalogunStadium to a hugely disappointed Nigerian fans.