U-20 AFCON: Securing World Cup Ticket Was Our Dream – MOTM Winner Ogwuche
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Man-of-the-match winner in Nigeria vs Uganda U-20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON quarter-final match on Thursday, Abel Ogwuche has disclosed that the priority of the team from the beginning of the tournament in Egypt is to qualify for the World Cup in Indonesia
Ogwuche who put on a wonderful performance after starting his first game in the tournament as a replacement to suspended Daniel Bameyi said the team will enjoy the moment
The defender was named the TotalEnergies Man of the Match in Thursday’s thrilling match at the Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia.
“It is a great feeling to win and it was our dream from the start of the tournament to get the World Cup ticket and down we’re looking forward to taking the trophy home,” Abel said at his post match press conference.
Ibrahim Juma scored an own goal in the first half to send Nigeria to the semi-final of the biennial TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
“We just wanted to come and win. That was our motivation today, to secure the World Cup ticket and we made it,” Abel said with a broad smile.
“We had to secure our place in the World Cup. That’s why we all put in a strong performance to win.”
Nigeria will face the winner between The Gambia and South Sudan in the semi-finals on Monday, 6 March at the Cairo International Stadium at 19h00 local time (17h00 GMT).