Flying Eagles head coach, Ladan Bosso has set his sights on clinching third position at the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.
Nigeria and Tunisia will clash in the third- place match at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday (today).
The Flying Eagles lost 1-0 to the Young Scorpions of Gambia in the semi-final.
The Tunisians on the other hand were defeated 3-0 by the Cubs of Senegal.
Bosso can’t still hide his disappointment on the Flying Eagles defeat to Gambia.
“It was unfortunate we lost the semifinals and now we will play the third place match,” Bosso told journalists at his pre-match press conference.
“The third place is as good as the final. We believe if we get it right we will take something home and I believe we can put smiles on the faces of football loving Nigerians.
“Nevertheless it is always believed that second best is not good enough but we have to fight for third place.”
The record champions of the tournament have secured qualification to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia later this year alongside The Gambia, Senegal and Tunisia.
“The most important thing is the target given to us was to first qualify the team to the World Cup which we achieved,” said Bosso.
“We wanted to get something additional but fortunately we didn’t get it right.
“We had our mistakes but I understand the feelings of some sections of Nigerians will not be comfortable with it.
“We lost to The Gambia not that they were better than us because we should have sealed that game in the beginning.
“Nevertheless the way we prepared for the Gambian team is the same way we will prepare for Tunisia with some adjustments to get the win,” he added.
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