Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

U-20 AFCON Qualifiers: Flying Eagles held to draw in Guinea Bissau

U-20 AFCON Qualifiers: Flying Eagles held to draw in Guinea Bissau

Nigeria's U20 team, the Flying Eagles, were on Saturday forced to a 2-2 draw by their Guinea Bissau counterparts in the first leg of a 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations first round qualifying fixture in Bissau.

The Flying Eagles are looking to stage a return to the U-20 AFCON after they failed to qualify for the last edition hosted by Zambia. Guinea defeated Sierra Leone in the first round to book a place against Nigeria. Israel-based goalkeeper Akpan Udoh is the only overseas-based player on the 20-man Flying Eagles squad.

Paul Aigbogun's men arrived Bissau late Thursday night after connecting a flight from Morocco and had a feel of the September 24 National Stadium on Friday evening.

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The Nigeria U20s began training by 5pm Nigerian time, the same time the game will begin tomorrow, and worked out for about an hour and a half.

The overall victor of the contest will proceed to the final round of the qualifiers.

"We have prepared hard for the game against Guinea Bissau and we don't see them as a small opposition but a strong one".

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