U-23 Eagles: Amapakabo Assures on AFCON Defence
Coach of the Nigeria U-23 Team, Godwin Amapakabo says “there would be no pulling punches from kick-off” today as his team take on Sudan in their second leg final round U-23 AFCON Qualifier at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Amapakabo’s side go into the game with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg played in Sudan courtesy of a Walaa Eldin Musa's 45th-minute strike.
Amapakabo described his team as “unlucky” from the first leg but expressed confidence ahead of the must-win encounter in Asaba.
“We were unlucky to lose the first leg game but there is no need crying over spilled milk.”
“Tuesday is almost here and the battle must be won. We are the defending champions and we must be in Egypt to defend our title”, said Imama.
The Olympic Eagles have been training in Asaba ahead of the AFCON Qualifying game which would also give them a chance to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics should they make it to the competition in Egypt slated for November with progress against the Northern Africans.
Amapakabo’s side has been boosted with the arrival of former FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning captain and Leganes midfielder Kelechi Nwakali.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Bangaly Konate from Guinea as referee for the match in Asaba.