21st September, 2012
Coach John Obuh has asked his team to fight to defend their country’s colours against South Africa’s U-20 team in today’s African Youth Championship, AYC, qualifier in Nelspruit.
The match will kick off at 7 p.m. local time, (6 p.m. Nigerian time). Obuh told his team that he expects them to attack the hosts, play as African champions and ensure that they win this first leg tie at the impressive Mbombela Stadium.
“This is your chance to defend your country’s colours as well as your name. I expect every player to come out and fight so that you will make a name for yourself in this game,” Obuh charged the players after the squad trained at the match venue for an hour last night.
“Victory here will raise your name and so I expect you to make the most of this opportunity and do just that.”
Obuh led a largely experimental team to the Cape Town International Challenge in May and they fell 1-0 to the Amajita.
The overall winners of this match-up will qualify for next year’s AYC in Algeria.
NFF technical committee chairman, Chris Green, also urged the players to make Nigeria proud today.
The Flying Eagles had a light workout at their Protea Hotel camp in Nelspruit early today.