By Philips Adefioye
Flying Eagles chief coach, John Obuh has described the team’s victory at the Africa Youth championship, AYC, as a positive result ahead of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Obuh in an exclusive interview with Saturday Vanguard sports said his promise to Nigerians was to win the ticket to the U-20 World Cup which was his first fulfilment, qualifying the country to the final of the AYC was his second which gingered his ward’s spirit not to allow a second defeat from the Cubs of Cameroon.
“Before our departure to South Africa for the AYC, I said that I promised Nigerians the ticket to the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Colombia, and by the grace of God, it was so. The promise number one was fulfilled, after that beating Mali to the final of the AYC in South Africa, gave me an assurance that we were going to lift the cup against Cameroon.
“Cameroon defeated us in the group stage, but beating them in the final of the AYC has signified a good thing to come in the Under-20 championship in Colombia,” he said.
Obuh, a former player of the defunct Concord Football club of Abeokuta emphasised that the four Nations tournament in South Korea also prepared the team ahead of the Biennial tournament adding that it will as well help them to fashion out a perfect strategy for the World Cup.
Concerning Nigeria’s opponent at the World Cup, Obuh opined that what was important to him now was for the team to prepare seriously against any team they are going to meet in the competition, stressing that the team’s current camping in Port Harcourt was an open process, as there is a possibility of injecting new players to beef up the team if there was need for a change.
“We are not going to underrate any team at the World Cup and concerning some changes in the team, there is possibility of having new players in the team. Some players who were earlier dropped, have been re-invited to the team for the final preparation for the World Cup in Colombia,” he stressed.