It's no longer news that the Bosso-tutured Flying Eagles will lock horns with Egypt, Senegal and Mozambique in the Under-20 Afcon in Egypt next February following this week's draw. Ladan Bosso definitely has his work cut out to mastermind safe navigation of the Flying Eagles out of this group of peril.
In this season of goodwill, this group was definitely the worst possible Christmas present Bosso would have expect from CAF.
Egypt and Senegal – powerhouses in African football – and Mozambique, famed giant killers, should present the ultimate test for Bosso’s coaching credentials in the Under-20 Afcon in Egypt.
There are no excuses this time: NFF actually started preparing the team early enough for this tournament with camp and training commencing well ahead of time.
Despite my apprehension, Coach Bosso remains unperturbed.
“The group is a normal group. Every team that qualifies for the U20 Africa Cup of Nations is hopeful of qualifying for the World Cup”, Bosso said after the draw was made Friday.
“So, whether we are in a tough group or not, if you want to qualify for the World Cup, you must play against the top teams at the Africa Cup of Nations.”
I admire his steely confidence which in truth is in keeping with how Bosso has approached his national team assignments.
The veteran Under-20 tactician already has Under-20 Wafu gold and Under-20 Afcon bronze in his resume. He qualfied the Flying Eagles for two world cups in the past and is now gunning for his hattrick of world cup qualifications.
“Our priority is to qualify the team for the World Cup and eventually if we do, win the tournament,” enthused Bosso.
“I know the calibre of players we have already and I believe they can [bring glory to Nigeria].” He concluded.
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