Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 December 2012

Nigeria/Mali: Eaglets Face Final Hurdle in Bamako

Nigeria's Golden Eaglets will this afternoon take to the pitch in a must win match against the Junior Eagles of Mali in Bamako in the final leg of the qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cadet Championship in Morocco.

The coach Manu Garba led team had won the first leg 2-0 in Calabar and will be looking for an outright win to proceed to the finals without dropping a single point.

Eaglet's 2-0 scoreline against Mali was the least they have recorded so far as the ambitious team had always won their matches beginning with three goals.

Although many have raised concerns over what they considered a slim scoreline, the coach of the team has since dismissed such apprehension as he said Eaglets are set for victory over Mali.

He told Feverpitch before the team departed Abuja that even if his team had lost the first leg against Mali, they would have gone ahead to beat their opponents in the return leg.

Manu therefore said his team is in high spirit and will be out for victory in today's match.

He, however, said the match is not going to be an easy one but with the determination and fighting spirit which his boys are known for, they will return home with victory.

The coach who was part of the 2007 victorious Golden Eaglets maintained that Nigerians should continue to pray for the team.

"We are going in for a big challenge but we are confident of victory. It is not going to be an easy one because Mali also is determined to qualify for the finals but we would not allow them to deny us the ticket", he assured.

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