WAFU U-20 Final: We Are Not Afraid Of Nigeria, We Are In The Final To Win – Benin Coach

WAFU U-20 Final: We Are Not Afraid Of Nigeria, We Are In The Final To Win – Benin Coach

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By Cosmas Ezeoke

Ahead of today’s West Africa Football Union, WAFU Zone B U-20 Championship final in Niger Republic between Flying Eagles of Nigeria and Menas of Benin Republic, Benin Coach, Mr Mathias Deguenon has stated that his boys are not afraid of the Flying Eagles, stressing that his boys are in the final to win the trophy
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Speaking in pre-match press conference on Thursday, the coach noted that although playing in the final was a bonus for them after picking their ticket for the 2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next year, his boys are determined to see and and also touch the cup.

“When you say Nigeria, everyone knows what Nigeria stands for. We know in advance that we have a strong opponent. But we are not afraid. We are going to play on our strength to finish this final well”.

“If you have been following since the start of this competition, we have never backed down. It is true that there are moments of weakness where we suffer, but we are there to win the match and not to observe. We will put in place an organization that will allow us to win the match tomorrow (today)

“We had very little time to prepare for the tournament. The various matches we have played are preparation matches for us. The goal for us is to get a ticket. We never doubted. We know we get there. These matches are preparation matches for us. The number of games we have played is an advantage for us”.

“I said the final is a bonus for us after qualifying for CAN U20. There is my captain who took me back afterwards. We held a session at the hotel where the players said they are ready to finish the job and with style. They refuse to see a trophy and not touch it because it is not given to everyone to play a final. I join them in this dynamic so that they play this final to the fullest”.

His captain, Tamimou Ouorou re-echoed his coach stating that the Young Menas are in the final to win.

“To be at this stage of the competition is honourable. We left Benin to come here with the aim of qualifying for the U20 AFCON. That’s what we did. Until then, we are focused on our objective.

“We are in the final. We have to do everything to win the trophy and not return home empty-handed”.

Nigeria will clash with the solid Benin side in the final of the 2022 WAFU B U-20 Championship in Niamey on Friday.

Both teams are qualified to represent WAFU B at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2023.

In semifinals, Nigeria won Cote d’Ivoire while Benin defeated Burkina Faso. And the third-place match will oppose Burkina Faso to Cote d’Ivoire earlier on Friday at 16h30 GMT.

The final match will kick off at 19h30 GMT at the Seyni Kountche Stadium.

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