This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria/Egypt: Maigari to Cheer Flying Eagles

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari will be at the Ilorin Township Stadium on Sunday at the head of the Federation's support for the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles in their 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier against the Amajita of South Africa.

Sunday's tie is delicately poised after both teams ended the opening leg 1-1 in the South African city of Nelspruit two weeks ago.

Maigari, who only returned to the country on Friday night from Azerbaijan, where he had gone to cheer the U-17 Women Team, Flamingos at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, is scheduled to fly into the Kwara State capital on Sunday morning.

He will be joined by NFF Executive Committee members, High Chief Emeka Inyama, Chief Effiong Johnson, Dr. Shehu Adamu and Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh.

Officials of the Kwara State Government have also confirmed that the Executive Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, will attend the match as Special Guest of Honour.

"I have confidence in the Flying Eagles and I have no doubt that they will prevail over the South Africans in order to qualify for Algeria 2013," Maigari said on Friday. The 18th African Youth Championship will be staged in Algeria in the last half of the month of March, next year.

Midfield ace Abduljeleel Ajagun scored Nigeria's equalizer in the first leg after the South Africans scored early in the game at the Mbombela World Cup Stadium.

Ajagun also scored the opener in the 2-1 defeat of Tanzania at the Ilorin Township Stadium in the earlier round and will lead the line against the Amajita on Sunday.

The Cup holders must guard their loins well after the Amajita crew made it known on arrival in Lagos on Thursday night that they would be opting for an all-out attacking game.

Coach John Obuh, who steered the Flying Eagles to win the African title in South Africa last year and led the team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter final in Colombia, says his team has prepared well enough to conquer.

"We are ready for the South Africans. We hold no fear because we have done our home work."

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