By Hanifat Mustapha: The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will face the winners of the first round of the tie between Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau after being drawn bye in the Niger 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
According to cafonline.com, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Zambia, Congo, South Africa, Mali, Angola, Egypt, Gambia and Cameroon are some of the other countries drawn bye in the first round.
Guinea Bissau will host Sierra Leone between 30 March and April 1 and travel to Freetown for the return leg scheduled for April 20- 22.
The Flying Eagles will then play away to the overall winners of this first round tie on May 11, 12 or 13 and the return leg in Nigeria will be played between 18, 19, and 20 of May
The winners of the first and second round feature in the final round scheduled between 13, 14, 15 of July and second leg will be played between 20, 21, and 22 of July 2018
The final tournament will be hosted by Niger in 2019 with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month.
The Flying Eagles, now coached by Paul Aigbogun, failed to qualify for the last AFCON and World Cup after losing to Sudan in the qualifiers.