Sports Minister Urges Flying Eagles To Focus On World Cup

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has urged the Flying Eagles of Nigeria to put behind Monday’s 1-0 semi-final loss to The Gambia at the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and focus on the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Dare made the statement on Tuesday issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Toyin Ibitoye. He expressed regret over the team’s inability to play in the AFCON final, but commended them for picking a World Cup ticket.

Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

“The Honourable Minister encouraged the boys. Everybody is disappointed we didn’t make it to the final but that is football for you,” Sports Minister Dare said in a statement.

“I believe they will redeem themselves by winning Friday’s third place match. Now we have to also focus on doing a lot better at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia in May.

“There is very little time left but I believe the coaches now know where their focus should be in improving the team,” the statement concluded.

The Flying Eagles lost 0-1 to their Gambian counterparts in the second semi-finals of the ongoing Under-20 AFCON played at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt on Monday.

Having lost the encounter, the Nigerian team will now square up against Tunisia on Friday in the third-place match. Tunisia had also lost their semi-final match after they were beaten 3-0 by Senegal, who now have a date with The Gambia in the final on Saturday.

 

NAN/Chidi Nwoke/Esther Effiong.

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