U-20 AFCON: We Are In Egypt To Pick World Cup Ticket – Bosso

U-20 AFCON: We Are In Egypt To Pick World Cup Ticket – Bosso

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By Amaechi Agbo

Nigeria men U-20 national football team coach, ladan Bosso has stated that the team are in Egypt for the 2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON to pick the cadet World Cup ticket

The 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup will hold in Indonesia from 10 may to 11 June, this year.

And Coach Bosso stated that the priority of the team is to pick the World cup ticket for the tournament the country has won two silver and a bronze medals.

“We came to Egypt with the mindset of picking one of the tickets to the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the victory against Mozambique is something that we planned,” Bosso said.

Bosso’s boys booked their place in the last eight of the tournament in Egypt after defeating Mozambique 2-0 in their last Group match.

However, the seven-time Africa Champions will ha e Uganda hurdle to navigate if they will reach the semi-final.

Nigeria beat Mozambique 2-0 to secure second place in Group A and qualify to the quarter-finals of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Goals from Samson Lawal and Ibrahim Muhammad secured the points for the Flying Eagles and they will face Uganda in the quarter-final on Thursday

Defender Solomon Agbalaka put in another Man of the Match performance in defence and the coach acknowledged his impact in the team

“It is expected (MOM award) because he’s somebody that I heard of and I had to leave Abuja to Lagos on two occasions to watch him play for his team,” Bosso said.

“I believe somebody can play from left back and centre back so he’s a good addition to the team so I saw him and followed up and I invited him to the camp.”

Meanwhile, organisers of the tournament, Confederation of Africa Football, CAF has released the full quarter final fixtures after the group stage matches were concluded on Monday

Flying Eagles Coach, Ladan Bosso

The Group Stages concluded on Monday night and saw Tunisia and Benin as the last two countries to book their place.

The Quarter-finals will be played between Thursday 02 and Friday 03 February 2023.

On Thursday, Senegal will face Benin at the Cairo International Stadium. The Teranga Cubs have been a dominant force in the tournament so far, winning all three matches in Group A with striker Pape Diop leading the scorers’ chart with four goals.

The second quarter-final game, also on Thursday, will see Uganda taking on Nigeria at Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia at 17h00 GMT

The Hippos of Uganda topped their group with one win and two draws, while Nigeria finished second in their group with two wins and a loss. Both teams will be eager to secure their spot in the semi-finals, and fans can expect a fiercely contested match.

On Friday, The Gambia and South Sudan will clash at Haras El Hodoud Stadium in Alexandria (14h00 GMT). The Gambia finished first in their group with three wins, while South Sudan qualified for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams. The match promises to be an exciting encounter, with both teams looking to make it to the last four.

The final fixture of the quarterfinals will see Congo take on Tunisia at Cairo International Stadium in Cairo (17h00 GMT). Congo finished second in Group B with one win and two draws, while Tunisia finished in Group C with one win and a draw.

All semi-finalists will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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