After a week headlined by the rejection of an offer to manage the Super Eagles by Frenchman, Paul Le Guen and a muted strike action by members of the junior national team, the Flying Eagles, the hierarchy of the Nigeria Football Federation will today descend on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos to watch the the coach Emmanuel Amuneke tutored team take on their Sudanese counterparts in the second leg, final round of the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, which the Nigerian team are the defending champions.
There was so much uncertainty surrounding the match as the players who have been playing and winning without allowances or bonuses threatened to down tools if the backlog of their allowances were not paid. It took the intervention of the NFF Vice President and Chairman of Lagos FA, Seyi Akinwunmi who doled out a princely N5m to the team for them to agree to appear for today’s match.
With their minds set for the encounter, which they won the first leg with a 2-1 margin, the Amuneke wards have promised to outscore their visitors and qualify for the tournament on a high.
Captain, Kelechi Nwakali has hailed the depth of quality in the team stressing that that he remains confident their strength is not about individual players like himself and Victor Osimhen.
The Arsenal FC target added that despite winning the first leg 2-1 they will not underrate their Sudanese opponents or show any sign of complacency as they hope to put up a compact team effort and consolidate the good result in Sudan.