Aigbogun Hails Nigeria’s U20 AFCON, Harps on Better Preparation


Former Nigeria U20 MNT coach Paul Aigbogun has hailed the current team and the coaching staff for their performance at the CAF U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Aigbogun praised the Flying Eagles for turning around their campaign despite losing the first game to Senegal, who have made it to the final of the competition.

“They were very determined, I’m not saying that the football has been attractive, but if you watched the last game that they played, there was quite a huge improvement in the play even though we lost,” Aigbogun told FL.

“But, I think it takes time to build up a team, and one thing I’ve always said is that the most important thing for our teams going into a tournament is to play a lot of high-quality games.”

“A lot of times we play against academies, but I think we really need high-quality games. I think the NFF tried this time by giving them the game against Zambia, which is quite good.

“I think if we can do more of that, I know one thing you can’t take away from Nigeria is the fighting spirit and I just knew that after the game against Senegal, in the other games, I knew the other coaches would do everything they could at first, if not have a fantastic performance, I mean style-wise, but at least to qualify for the World Cup, which will gave him a longer time to prepare the team for.”

The Flying Eagles will play for the Bronze medal later today at 3pm Nigerian time, to add to their World Cup qualification.


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