AFCON U23 qualifiers: Eagles commended ahead of return leg
AFCON U23 qualifiers: Eagles commended ahead of return leg
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AFCON U23 qualifiers: Eagles commended ahead of return leg

Nigeria's U23 national team has recieved commendation for an impressive outing against their Sudanese counterparts in a 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Omdurman.

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sudan in the first leg played on Thursday, and are set for the return leg scheduled for Tuesday in Asaba.

Speaking when he visited the players, Ambassador of Nigeria to Sudan Musa Mamman lifted the spirit of the players with kind words, saying though they lost the encounter by a lone goal, they fought hard and were certainly not disgraced.

“I am here to convey to you the goodwill message of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR). Though we lost, we played a very good game and I have confidence in our ability to overturn the deficit and win by a clear margin in the return leg next week.

“You have the ability and the capacity to qualify for the championship. I urge you to be firm and resolute as you look forward to the second leg because about 200 million Nigerians are behind you in this campaign.”

A goal at the end of the first half by Walla Edin Musa condemned the Cup holders to defeat at the Al Merriekh Stadium on Thursday night, but the Nigerians fought hard and created several chances of their own in the encounter.

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