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The Gambia may not be an easy take for the Flying Eagles



The Gambia may not be an easy take for the Flying Eagles

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The Gambia have scored nine goals and conceded none; Nigeria scored four and conceded one…

On paper, the fixture of The Gambia against the record seven-time champions, Flying Eagles may look like a stroll in the park for the Nigerian side.


But realistically, it is not. Nigeria and The Gambia meet on Monday evening at the semi-finals of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Gambia, like their Senegal which territorially encycle the country, have been a high scoring sides at the tournament and have had perfect scores so far. They won all their matches.

Both countries are the only ones yet to concede any goal as the competition is drawing to a close.

Both have also scored nine goals each in four matches, making them the teams to watch.

In the case of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, the goals have been trickling in. It was only against Mozambique that Nigeria scored two goals.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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