Flying Eagles coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has said that his team will learn from the mistake of their predecessors who lost to Sudan in the 1997 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifier Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
In the final qualifier for the U-20 AFCON held in Morocco in 1997, the Flying Eagles were knocked out by Sudan on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.
The Eagles won the first leg 2-1 in Enugu but lost 1-0 in the Second Leg played in Khartoum.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's clash, Amuneke told cafonline.com that he is hopeful of a favourable result in Khartoum.
“We are aware of what the Sudanese can do and we have equally been reminded about how they stopped Nigeria from qualifying for the final tournament in 1997. They won’t be a pushover for us and we are not going to underrate them either.
“We have been preparing hard knowing that they are our last hurdle in achieving our objective of qualifying for the U-20 AFCON in Zambia. We are optimistic going into this first leg game in Omdurman because this is a new Nigerian team with a strong mentality.
“This team has not won anything yet and we are not getting carried away despite recent good results in friendly matches. The most important match for us now is the first leg against Sudan in Omdurman. We must get a good result to boost our confidence for the second leg.”
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