The Flying Eagles beat Niger in a second friendly match

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles beat Niger Republic 1-0 in a friendly ahead of the West African Football Union (WAFU) B U-20 tournament on Monday. reports.

The Flying Eagles victory was confirmed by the NFF’s communications department.

This is the second friendly match between the Nigeria U-20 men’s team and their counterparts Niger Republic, hosts of the WAFU B U-20 tournament.

Their first meeting a few days ago ended goalless.

The Flying Eagles are in Group B of the tournament which will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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The team led by Ladan Bosso will open their group campaign in the qualifiers on Sunday May 8 against Ghana.

And three days later, the Flying Eagles will face the Junior Stallions of Burkina Faso.

Hosts Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Togo and Ivory Coast will face off in Group A.

Two teams will qualify for the semi-finals of each group, with the two finalists qualifying to represent the WAFU B zone at AFCON U-20 2023.

AFCON U-20 2023 is the qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will also take place in Indonesia in 2023.

The four semi-finalists from the tournament in Egypt will qualify to represent Africa in Indonesia.

The Flying Eagles are the most successful team when it comes to CAF U-20 AFCON having won it seven times.

The last time they won the continental tournament was in 2015 when they beat Senegal 1-0 in the final.

Six other times they were crowned champions in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 and 2005.

Their last appearance at the CAN U-20 dates back to the 2019 edition hosted by the Republic of Niger where they finished in fourth place.

At the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the Flying Eagles finished second twice – 1989 and 2005.

By James Agberebi

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