The U-23 Nigeria national team, also known as the Flying Eagles, will face their final test of Group-B against the U-23 South-African side in a do or die match that will either guaranteed their qualification or spell doom for their ambition to lift the cup, which will get them qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Amaglug-glug is leading the group with a crucial win against the Ivorians, who defeated the Flying Eagles in the first game of the group and a goalless draw from the Zambians.
The Flying Eagles got the first deserved win of the group on 12th of November, after dispatching a well organised Zambian team in a 3-1 victory.
Chipolopolo were the first to draw a blood in 12th minute of the game before Montreal Impact forward, Orji Okonkwo, immediately put his team back on level terms, four minutes later.
The HD Huesca midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, and Liverpool forward, Taiwo Awoniyi, completed the comeback in 65th and 90th minutes.
A win for Nigeria will see them secure a spot into the semi-finals, and move them closer to a ticket to the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The victory, however, wasn’t so convincing for the Nigerian fans, who watched how the whole game unfolded, with some of the fans calling for change of tactical approach of their remaining fixture against South Africa.
Emmanuel Etim @Emiearth
Two more wins and the team would be in Tokyo. Regardless of however unattractive they play.
These set are a case of the end justifies the means.
Fatma Samoura @fatma samoura
Nawa oh @thenff tonight you bust our skeroos! Kolo match. Listen well well keep motivation, match jack & training ⬆️ & you no fall the of #SuperEagles fans.
Ayodeji Ayodeji @AyodejiX2
FULL TIME: Nigeria 3-1 Zambia
The Olympics Eagles move up to 2nd behind South Africa (4 points) in Group B.
They must now win their final group fixture against SA to keep their chances of qualification in their hands.
Credit: Uchenna Ezeadigwe