Coach John Obuh has asked his team to fight to defend their country's colours against South Africa's U20s in Friday's (today) AYC qualifier in Nelspruit.
The team's Media Officer, Samm Audu told Daily Trust that Obuh told his Flying Eagles that he expects them to play as African champions that they are and so ensure they win this first leg tie at the impressive Mbombela Stadium.
"This is your chance to defend your country's colours as well as your name. I expect each and everyone of you to come out and fight so that you will also make a name for yourself in this game," Samm Audu quoted Obuh as saying after the squad trained at the match venue for an hour Thursday night.
"Victory here will raise your name and so I expect you to make the most of this opportunity and do just that," Obuh said.
Obuh led a largely experimental team to the Cape Town International Challenge in May and they fell 1-0 to the Amajita.
The overall winners of this match-up will qualify for next year's African Youth Championship in Algeria.
Also, NFF technical committee chairman Chris Green has urged the players to make Nigeria proud on Friday.
Audu revealed that the Flying Eagles had a light workout at their Protea Hotel camp in Nelspruit early today. The match will kick off at 7pm local time (which is 6pm Nigerian time).