By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Coach of the Flying Eagles, Emmanuel Amuneke has urged Nigerians to support the team as his lad will their counterparts from Sudan in the second leg of the U-20 AFCON qualifiers on July 23.In a chat with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, Amuneke said the team resumed training on Wednesdayahead of the second leg match, which holds at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
He said the team were gradually getting back to form after their encounter with the Sudanese side â€“ an encounter Nigeria won 2 â€“ 1 – earlier in the month.
â€œAs long as we are playing in Nigeria, what counts is that Nigerians should come out in their numbers to support the team. They are young players determined to make the nation proud. I think Nigerians should come out in large numbers to support them and to cheer them up.
â€œWe have gone to Sudan; thank God we achieved success halfway through the journey and it is left for us to accomplish the mission here in Nigeria in front of our people and in front of our fans. And after that we will all disperse to be with our families for a while before we start all over again.â€ He said.
The head coach said although the team just returned from Sudan “a bit rustyâ€™â€™, they had no injury concerns.
â€œWe cannot tell people how prepared we are, because we just came back from Sudan and we started training on Wednesday. We do not have any injury worries and you know football is a physical game and there will always be contact between the players and their opponents, but the boys are okay,â€™â€™ he said.