Sunday Jul 03, 2016. 15:23
Star striker Victor Osimhen has returned to training after injury just as Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will leave for Sudan on Wednesday ahead of a crucial U20 AFCON qualifier.
In the absence of the Wolfsburg-bound Osimhen who has just returned to training after injury, Orji Okonkwo has continued to fill the void, banging in two goals against the U23 Eagles and three on Saturday in an 8-0 thrashing of Suleja-based Nationwide League side Oyah Sports FC.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke, while addressing the boys after their 8-0 thrashing of Oyah Sports, described the match in Sudan as ‘the mother of all battles’ and warned that the team must maintain high level of discipline and focus to surmount this final hurdle.
"Let me first congratulate you for the performance today. I am impressed with your approach to the game from start to finish. I hope we all realise the enormity of the task ahead, as we must remain focused and disciplined to achieve our aim of picking one of the seven tickets to the continental soccer showpiece," he said.
ABS FC of Ilorin forward Kehinde Ayinde has also discovered his scoring form. The petit striker scored two as the Flying Eagles thrashed Amakson Academy 4-1 on Wednesday morning and added another two on Saturday to take his tally to four in two matches.
Left back Umar Johnson scored his first goal for the Flying Eagles and celebrated with team-mates, while second half substitutes Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali completed the rout to make it 8-0 in favour of the Flying Eagles.
The Flying Eagles will tackle a Sudanese side who are yet to kick a ball in the qualifiers following the withdrawal of second round opponent, Malawi.
The match earlier fixed for Friday, 8th
July, has now been moved to Sunday, 10th
July by the Sudanese Football Federation.
The Flying Eagles will take on City Strikers of Abuja on Tuesday evening at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja in their last friendly before departing for Sudan.