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U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles should expect tough battle against Mali, says Amuneke

Former Flying Eagles head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has advised the Flying Eagles to focus and emphasize more on playing as a team, instead of displaying individual brilliance, as he sees a very tricky semi final clash with the Malians.

 “Our players have to do more of team work. The semi final match against Mali would be explosive and would be an interesting one. But if we play as a team rather than players doing their individual thing, we would come out on top,” he said at the Stade Seyni Kountche on Saturday evening. Africa Cup of Nations winner, Olympic gold medallist and two –time FIFA World Cup star Amuneke, who is Head Coach of Tanzania, is in Niger Republic as a Member of the CAF Technical Study Group at this championship.   

Amuneke has told the team to expect a tough duel in their semi-final fixture against Mali at the Africa U -20 Cup of Nations in Niger.
The seven-time African champions will face Mali in the last four tie at the Seyni Kountche Stadium, Niamey on Wednesday.

The Malians booked a spot in the semi-final on Saturday after securing a hard fought 1-0 win against Ghana at the Maradi Stadium.

The Young Eagles finished in second position in the group behind title favourites Senegal.
The Flying Eagles sealed a spot in the semi-final  on Friday after edging out hosts Niger  1-0 in their final Group A clash.
Paul Aigbogun’s men top the group with seven points  after two wins and a draw from the games.
“Our players have to do more of team work. The semi final match against Mali would be explosive and would be an interesting one,” Amuneke told reporters at the Seyni Kountche Stadium.
“But if we play as a team rather than players doing their individual thing, we would come out on top.
Amuneke, who is head Coach of Tanzania, is in Niger Republic as a Member of the CAF Technical Study Group at this championship.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will face fellow West Africans Mali in the semi-final of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday at the Stade Seyni Kountche, Niamey.

Mali defeated Ghana 1-0 in their final Group B game at the Maradi Stadium to book a date in the last four with the seven-time champions.

The Malians finished in second position in the group behind the young Terangha Lions of Senegal.

The Flying Eagles top Group A with seven points with two wins and a draw from their three group games.

Nigeria and Mali also clashed in the semi-final of the U-20 WAFU Cup in Togo in December with the Flying Eagles winning 1-0 to reach the final of the sub-regional tourney.

Senegal and South Africa will clash in the other semi-final also on Wednesday at the Seyni Kountche Stadium.

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