AFCON U-17: Nigeria, Angola Tango For Brazil Ticket

AFCON U-17: Nigeria, Angola Tango For Brazil Ticket
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By Amaechi Agbo

Nigeria and Angola will battle it out this noon for the ticket to represent Africa at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil in the second group match of the ongoing AFCON U-17 championship in Tanzania, can report. 
Both teams recorded wins in their first matches with Nigeria triumphing host nation Tanzania 4-5 while Angola caged Uganda 1-0.

Each team stands a chance to book the ticket to Brazil with a win and the coaching crew of either sides are not unaware of the prize at stake. 

Addressing the press yesterday during pre-match press conference, Golden Eaglets Assistant coach, Jolomi Atume believes a win in the match would see Nigeria through to Brazil. 

“We understand that we need to win this game to qualify not only to the semifinal, but also to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a very important match for us and for our opponents too. To be honest this will be an open game for both teams.

“Angola is a good team. They play well and they are good on the offensive. We know that our defense made several mistakes in the opening fixture against Tanzania which saw us concede four goals, but we are working on to improve.

“This is a youth tournament so sometimes the boys want to express themselves and tactical discipline is low but we will play well,” he told cafonline.

On his part, Angola head coach, Pedro Gonçalves says that the win against Uganda in their opening match was a motivation for his players to pick the needed three points and book ticket to Brazil at Nigeria’s expense
“This is a big opportunity for us because if we win this game we will have a good chance of going to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. The confidence and motivation level of my players has soared after beating Uganda in the opening match.
“We watched Nigeria against Tanzania, and they are a good team especially in attack. But we will map out a strategy to contain them and possibly win,” he said. 

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