As the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations takes off in Zambia with Nigeria absent, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI relives past editions which Nigeria's Flying Eagles have missed…
EGYPT 1991 U-20 AFCON
Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) changed the African qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup from home and away games to a tournament format in 1991.
Unfortunately, the Flying Eagles who were defending champions did not take part following a two-year ban slammed on them by FIFA over age falsification.
Egypt hosted the 1991 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (known then as Africa U-20 Championship) and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 in the final.
Both Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire represented Africa at the 1991 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Portugal.
MOROCCO 1997 U-20 AFCON
The Flying Eagles met Sudan in the play-offs for the 1997 U-20 AFCON hosted in Morocco.
After seeing off Chad in the previous round, the Flying Eagles were surprisingly knocked out by Sudan.
The Flying Eagles came from a goal down to win the first leg 2-1 at home but lost 1-0 in the second leg in Khartoum to crash out on away goals.
At the 1997 U-20 AFCON, hosts Morocco emerged champions after pipping South Africa 1-0 in the final.
BURKINA FASO 2003 U-20 AFCON
The Flying Eagles faced Morocco in the play-offs in the qualifiers for the 2003 U-20 AFCON billed for Burkina Faso.
In the first leg played in Nigeria, the Flying Eagles lost 2-1 to their Moroccan counterparts.
The return leg saw the Flying Eagles force Morocco to a 1-1 draw, thereby crashing out 3-2 on aggregate.
Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire made it to the final of the tournament with Egypt triumphing 4-3.
ZAMBIA 2017 U-20 AFCON
The Flying Eagles will not be at this year's Africa U-20 AFCON taking place in Zambia.
The coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led side were eliminated by Sudan on away goals.
Despite winning the first leg 2-1, the Flying Eagles couldn't wrap things up in the reverse fixture as they were stunned 4-3 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.