Nigeria’s U-20 team’s quest of booking a ticket to next year’s Africa U-20 Nations Cup slated for Zambia will be put to test as the team face Burundi in the first leg qualifier at Bujumbura on Saturday.
The reigning African champions know that beginning their campaign on a winning note would be paramount for the team against a Burundi side that will be banking on their vociferous home support to cause an upset.
With star players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Akpan Udo, John Lazarus and Victor Osimeh, who has been part of the Nigerian Olympic team and a member of the victorious Golden Eaglets that won the U-17 FIFA World Cup in Chile, it is expected that the team will pick up the maximum number of points.
Both teams never kicked a ball in the previous round as Burundi walked over DR Congo in the first round of the qualifiers, while the Flying Eagles drew a bye.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg-bound Victor Osimhen has said he wants to prove himself ahead of next month’s African U20 qualifier against Burundi.
“l am here to show the coaches what I can do. I have trained very hard to be here and just want to play football,” Osimhen said.