Nigeria’s primary target at the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations will be securing a ticket for the Olympic Games next year in Tokyo.
U23 Eagles Head Coach Imama Amapakabo and announced his 21-man list for the competition on Thursday as the team headed out to Egypt.
The team heads into the competition as defending champions, but defending the title isn’t as prime to the team as punching a ticket for the Summer Games, www.brila.net heard from Media Officer Sharif Abdallah.
According to Sharif the Olympic Eagles, who made the bulk of the side that failed to qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship are keen to put that disappointment behind them and compensate with a fruitful outing at AFCON.
“For every disappointment you try to get the best out of it, we failed to qualify for CHAN 2020 in Cameroon which is a big disappointment but we should not forget the National U23 team is here to stay.
“We are the only national team embarking to make Nigeria proud next year because the Super Falcons failed to qualify for the Olympics, so I urge Nigerians to rally their support behind this team as the ultimate target is to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and then go on and win the AFCON U23 remember we are the defending champions.”
Nigeria is drawn in group B alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and South Africa.
The top three teams in the eight-nation tournament will represent Africa in the Men’s football event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.