Nigeria’s youth national team, Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbogun is bracing up for a busy start to February, as he admits it will be tough playing three top matches in one week at the African U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.
Footballlive.ng reports that Aigbogun, however, vowed to prepare his squad in the best way possible, after taking a closer look at the AFCON U-20 competition’s fixture schedule, which will see his side start against Burundi on February 2, same day the competition kicks-off in Niamey.
The Flying Eagles will then do battle with South Africa on February 5, before they settle their Group A scores with the host country, Niger Republic on February 8; all of which Aigbogun admits will be tough.
He reasoned that, apart from technical aspects of the matches, another major issue to watch out for would be physical demands and the fitness levels of his players, who he said must be knocked properly into shape.
Aigbogun declared: “The Flying Eagles are seven-time champions of Africa; it is a pedigree that we intend to sustain.
“We won’t rest on our oars, we will keep working hard to ensure we present a team worth representing the country at the tournament.”