If Nigeria’s Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbon wants to remain in the managerial seat of the junior national team, then he must turn around the dwindling fortune of the team as they face an eternal rival, South Africa in the ongoing All Africa Games slated for Tuesday.
Aigbogun’s wards were forced to a 1-1 draw by their counterparts from Burkina Faso in their opening match of the men’s football event last week Friday.
The team has been criticized by some football pundits in the country due to their profligacy in front of goal, most especially against Burkina Faso where the team could have edged them in the first half.
Aigbon, who is under pressure due to Flying Eagles shambolic display at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, where the team was eliminated in the Round of 16 by the USA, knows that a victory against South Africa is non-negotiable.
The last time Nigeria won a gold medal in the men’s football event of the All Africa Games was in 1973 in Lagos, as the Green Eagles defeated Guinea 2-0 in the final.
On the other hand, South Africa will be desperate for the maximum points after the team was walked over for presenting their U-23 team instead of U-20 team against Morocco.