Flying Eagles Fail To Qualify For Zambia 2017 AFCON
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s side, Nigeria’s U-20 squad have crashed out of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The Nigerian U-20 team, also known as the Flying Eagles, will be absent at the AFCON U-20 Nations Cup in Zambia next year.
The U-20 AFCON also serves as the U-20 World Cup qualifier.
The Flying Eagles suffered a humiliating 4-3 loss to Sudan on Saturday in Lagos.
Coach Amuneke’s team had a fortnight ago defeated the Sudanese team by 2 goals to 1 in their home at Omdurman, Sudan.
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Having won the first leg away from home, expectations were high for the Flying Eagles to secure their place in Zambia emphatically in Lagos.
This was however not the case as a more purposeful display by the Sudanese team saw them snatch the ticket courtesy of the away goals rule.
The Coach Amuneke-led side started brilliantly in the first half in front of a passionate crowd in Lagos.
Former U17 star, Samuel Chukwueze fired his side ahead in the 17th minute after a brilliant solo run.
But the Sudanese visitors leveled the scoreline four minutes later through Amghd Ahmad.
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The Flying Eagles again took the lead in the 26th minute when Femi Bamgboye followed up a cross from Chukwueze to tap into an empty goal.
Flying Eagles Fail To Qualify For AFCON 2017
Their excitement was however shortlived as Halid Abdamuleem equalised for Sudan just before the halftime whistle.
Aggregate scores for both sides from the two matches stood at 5-5, with Sudan scoring 4 away goals while Nigeria scored only 2.
This is a new low for Nigeria whose national team have failed to qualify for the last two AFCON finals.
The 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations will be the 20th edition of the biennial international youth tournament for players aged 20 and below.