The Head Coach of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, Coach Ladan Bosso, is not losing any sleep as the seven-time African champions prepare to take on imperious The Gambia later today in one of the semi-final matches of the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) championship in Egypt.
To set up the semi-final clash, the Flying Eagles laboured to a 1-0 win over Uganda last Thursday to pick one of the tickets to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Indonesia while The Gambia dismantled South Sudan 5-0 at the Harass El Hedood Stadium in Alexandria to emerge one of only two teams to have won all their matches at the 17th Africa U20 Cup of Nations ongoing in Egypt.
Despite The Gambia’s unbeaten run, Bosso has said he wasn’t fazed by the credentials of the opposition and would rather focus on the strength of his own team and its capacity to upturn the apple cart at the familiar Cairo International Stadium.
“Previous results will not determine what happens in our semi-final match against The Gambia. They have been in great form and my boys have also recovered well and are in their elements. It will be a great match but I believe in my team and we are confident of playing in the Final on Saturday.”
In their four matches so far at the tournament, the Flying Eagles have won three matches and lost one, and have scored four goals and conceded one.
On their part, the Young Scorpions have scored a total of nine goals, conceding none.
The Scorpions have played all their matches at the Harass El Hedood Stadium in Alexandria, while the Flying Eagles have felt the turfs of both the Cairo International Stadium and the Suez Canal Authority Stadium.
Meanwhile, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Libyan official Abdulrazg Ahmed as referee for the mouth-watering clash in Cairo.