Egypt 2023: Flying Eagles Defeat Paul Academy in Friendly
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja
Nigeria’s U20 team, the Flying Eagles on Thursday defeated Paul E Sports Academy 5-0 in a friendly in preparations for 2023 U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Jonas Emmanuel opened the scoring in the 10th minute while Emmanuel Ekpenyong doubled the lead eight minutes before half time.
Substitute Obiakor Ifeshinachi bagged a brace in 65th and 71st minutes before Badamasi Umar set up Abdurahman Adam to complete a comprehensive victory for the seven-time African champions.
Coach Ladan Bosso and his crew will continue the re-building process as the two-time World Cup runners-up play Capital FC on Friday and Kebbi-selected team on Saturday.
The U20 Africa Cup of Nations will take place 18th February – 12th March, 2023 in Egypt. The top four teams will qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup scheduled to take place in Indonesia 20th May – 11th June 2023.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions, Alh. Aminu Balele Kurfi has implored the invited players to the Flying Eagles’ camp to be focused as the team continues its preparations for Egypt.
Balele made the call on Wednesday shortly after the team’s evening training session at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The Katsina State FA Chairman also charged the players to be displined during their stay while urging them to face the task of ensuring that the Flying Eagles make a statement in 2023 in Egypt.
Balele added the NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions under his watch is working on securing a camp outside the country to further prepare the team for the U20 AFCON.
In his remark, Head Coach Ladan Bosso on behalf of the team expressed gratitude to the Katsina State-born sports administrator for his commitment towards the team while promising that his technical crew and backroom staff will work out all modalities to make the nation proud in the forthcoming championship.