Following the 1-0 loss that defending champion, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles suffered in the hands of Mali on Sunday at the ongoing U-20 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) in Algeria, telecommunications giant and major sponsor of Nigerian national teams, Globacom, has urged sports-loving Nigerians to sustain their support for the team.
Globacom, in a press statement yesterday in Lagos advised Nigerians not to allow the loss to Young Eagles of Mali on Sunday to affect their support for the Flying Eagles, expressing the belief in the Nigerian youngsters to turn around the country’s fortune when they meet the Gabon national team today.
The Flying Eagles will lock horns with Gabon in the second match in Group B at the on-going African Youth Championship in Oran, Algeria.
?“We should not allow the set back against Mali to affect our preparation against Gabon and Congo DR.?? These are must-win matches which will determine the team’s qualification for the next round,” the Company said.
Globacom charged the Flying Eagles to go the extra mile and re-enact the determination and can-do spirit of an average Nigerian, qualities which won them the trophy during the last competition in South Africa.? “We remain optimistic that Flying Eagles will make it to 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey, the statement added.
Globacom also advised the Flying Eagles to learn from the recent success story of Super Eagles who surmounted all odds in South Africa to emerge the African Soccer Champions.
The John Obuh-tutored Flying Eagles conceded the goal early in the first half of the match and could not level the score despite dominating the fellow West Africans. They will now have to win in their next Group B games against Gabon and Congo DR to stay in contention for a spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup billed for Turkey in June.