Nigeria U20 coach Paul Aigbogun has warned his team against looking for a draw against hosts Niger in their next Africa U-20 Cup of Nations match.
The Flying Eagles are sitting pretty at the top of Group A in the U20 nations Cup and need only a draw against Niger, in their final first-round match today in Niamey, to guarantee progression into the semifinals – as well as a place in the U-20 World Cup in Poland later this year.
Nigeria, who began with a 2-0 spanking of Burundi, could have wrapped up qualification already, but they were held to a 0-0 draw by South Africa on Tuesday.
While Aigbogun’s team enjoy a strong lead at the top of the log, they are by no means out of the woods, as a loss to the hosts, combined with a win for South Africa over Burundi in a concurrent game in Maradi, would see Nigeria drop to third and miss out on the semis and World Cup.
Aigbogun has however asked the lads to go for maximum points, insisting that setting out to secure the point they need would be a mistake.
“The next game (against Niger) will be very dangerous for us to look for a draw. We will go into that game hoping to win as in our first match.”