Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
West Africa Zone B (WAFU-B) Champions, Flying Eagles will start its 2023 U-20 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign against Senegal.
Nigeria were on Friday drawn in Group A alongside host, Egypt, Senegal, and Mozambique.
Umar Salis who recently got an invitation from coach Ladan Bosso ahead of January camp for the team is confident that Nigeria can win the U-20 AFCON title.
“My view about the group is Group A is a tough group with big countries like Egypt, Senegal, and Mozambique are very good sides but with the quality of players we have in Flying Eagles, I am sure that Nigeria are going to qualify for the World Cup by the grace of God. We are coming back with the trophy Insha Allah.” Salis told www.bettitide.com/blog.
The Abj Football Club of Bauchi player is expecting to join other Flying Eagles players in camp on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja, in preparation for the final phase before coach Ladan Bosso releases his final squad list for the U-20 AFCON.
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Salis said: “I’m really excited about the invitation to the Flying Eagles camp. I came back from training to see missed calls from my boss. At that moment, I checked my WhatsApp. He already forwarded the invitation letter from NFF to me. At the same place, I have my thanks to Almighty Allah who did this to me.”
The next goal for Salis is to fight for a shirt in a bid to make the final squad for Egypt 2023 U-20 AFCON.
He added: “My personal goal ahead of my first appearance in Flying Eagles camp is to go and fight for a place in the squad to make a list of players to represent Nigeria in Egypt.”
The Flying Eagles have now embarked on a two-week recess and are expected to resume camp in the first week of January for the final phase of preparations ahead of the Final Tournament of the Africa U20 in Egypt.
The TotalEnergies U20 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2023 will be played between 19 February and 11 March 2023.
2023 U-20 AFCON draw held in Cairo on Friday evening also placed Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Congo in Group B, while The Gambia, Tunisia, Benin Republic, and Zambia will slot it out in Group C.
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It is the first time that the Africa U20 Cup of Nations will witness 12 teams, with the four top teams in Egypt qualifying to represent Africa at the FIFA U20 World Cup finals already slated for 20th May – 11th June in Indonesia.
From the result of the draw, the Flying Eagles, who qualified as champions of the WAFU B zone, will play their first match of the tournament against Senegal, who emerged from the WAFU A zone.
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