The Flying Eagles are looking to claim their eighth Under-20 AFCON title, but Uganda are prepared to crush their dreams
Uganda Under-20 coach Jackson Mayanja is targeting a victory against the Flying Eagles of Nigeria when both teams lock horns in the quarterfinal of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria bounced back from an opening-day defeat against Senegal to pick wins again hosts Egypt and Mozambique and ensure they claim the second spot in Group A.
They will take on the Hippos of Uganda in one of the quarterfinal clashes on the 2nd of March. Uganda qualified as group winners after picking five points from their three games.
Ahead of the clash, Uganda gaffer Mayanja is talking tough. He thinks his team has a good chance and believes they will beat Nigeria and advance to the semifinal.
“Since that we have qualified, now we’re planning for the next one so that we can qualify for the next stage,” Mayanja said on CAF’s website.
“My goal here in this tournament is to take this team to the World Cup.”
A lot is at stake in the fixture. The winner of the tie will qualify for the semifinal of the U-20 AFCON and automatically get one of the four available tickets for the World Cup tickets.
Also, Nigeria coach Ladan Bosso will be looking to guide the Flying Eagles to an eighth African crown.