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Dare hails Flying Eagles over U-20 AFCON ticket, demands WAFU trophy

SPORTS minister Sunday Dare has commended the Flying Eagles for securing a ticket to the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nigerian team defeated Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in Niamey, Niger Republic last night to qualify for the final of the WAFU U-20 Championship, which in turn sealed their spot at the 2023 U-23 AFCON in Egypt.

“Your hard-earned victory over Cote d’voire in the semi-final and your performances in the games against Ghana and Burkina Faso have shown what is possible when a team plays with focus, determination and discipline,” Dare told the Flying Eagles after their victory.

“We are so proud of you all, both players and coaches, and also happy with the results so far. We are solidly behind you. However, this is not the time to rest on your oars. The journey ahead of you is a long one.

“Go all out on Saturday, win the WAFU U-20 trophy and then we will begin to prepare very adequately for the U-20 AFCON next year and be among the four African representatives to the World Cup.”

The Flying Eagles had earlier beaten the defending champions Ghana 2-0 and drawn 2-2 with Burkina Faso in their group matches.

They will face Benin Republic in Saturday’s final in Niamey.

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