Flying Eagles go for broke
24 April 2011
Nigeria are pulling all the stops to ensure qualification to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia on Sunday.
Mali and Egypt have already qualified from Group A for the World Cup, while Cameroon earned their passage to South America in July after they pipped the Flying Eagles on Thursday.
However, a win for Nigeria over The Gambia in their final Group B match of the African Youth Championship will also hand the Flying Eagles the ticket to Colombia 2011.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have doubled their win-bonus ahead of this all-important clash and coach John Obuh has rung several changes to his starting XI to ensure victory over their fellow West Africans, who have so far held their own in South Africa.
Vitoria Setubal of Portugal defender Terna Suswan, who dislocated his shoulder in the 1-0 loss to Cameroon, has been certified fit for Sunday’s showdown and will start at left back in place of off-form Mohammed Aliyu.
The right back position will thus be filled by Olympic international Emmanuel Anyanwu, who has yet to see action at the AYC in South Africa.
The powerfully-built Enyimba of Aba ace could also feature in the heart of the back four.
And both skipper Ramon Azeez and Asec Mimosas of Abidjan striker Olanrewaju Kayode are expected to start after playing cameo roles thus far in this tournament.
‘Little Messi’ Stanley Okoro will return to the bench after a sluggish showing against Cameroon.
Probable Flying Eagles starting XI
Danjuna Paul – Terna Suswan, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Gbenga Arokoyo, Gani Ogungbe – Philemon Daniel, Abduljeleel Ajagun, Chidi Osuchukwu, Ramon Azeez – Olanrewaju Kayode, Uche Nwofor