Head coach of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso says his wards must now stamp their authority in games from the start, beginning from their next game against Mozambique.
The Flying Eagles got their U20AFCON campaign back on track after a 1-0 win over hosts Egypt on Wednesday and will advance to the quarter-final should they avoid defeat against Mozambique in their final group game on Saturday.
Bosso who has been under fire following the team’s uninspiring start to the competition believes Wednesday’s result has done a lot of positives for his players and they must now take advantage of it.
“The win over Egypt has kept the nerves down and the boys can now focus on playing their game; the way we know they can play,” said Bosso to www.aclsports.com on Friday.
“We must stamp our authority on the game (against Mozambique) from the beginning as we have no idea what will happen in the match between Egypt and Senegal. Our fate is in our hands.”
Saturday’s winner-takes-all encounter will take place at the 22,000-capacity Suez Canal Stadium on Saturday evening.
Midfielder Daniel Daga who was injured during the opening day defeat by Senegal is still sidelined and ruled out of the Mozambique clash for the Flying Eagles but Gent forward Ahmed Abdullahi who was sent off in that game is now available for selection.
In the group’s other game, table-toppers Senegal who have amassed a maximum six points from their first two matches will face host nation Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening. Both matches kick off simultaneously at 7pm Egypt time (6pm Nigeria time).