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Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by ackim: 7:57pm On Feb 10
A brilliant second half goal from Hadji Drame set up a mouth –watering semi final clash between the Junior Eagles of Mali and Nigeria’s Flying Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger Republic, while eliminating 2009 world champions Ghana.

The all –West African semi final will take centre stage on Wednesday, 13th February at the Stade General Seyni Kountche.

Both teams were on three points each from their previous two matches and while Ghana needed only a draw to qualify for the semi finals as a result of having no goal deficit, the Malians, needing an outright win to qualify, showed greater desire and passion on the ball from the beginning, with Boubacar Traore, El Bilal Toure and Mamadou Traore combining well together at the fore.

Ghana, through the lively Mohamed Kudus, Enoch Atta Agyei and Emmanuel Kumah afterwards tried to impose themselves on the game, but the Malians held firm at the rear while launching forays upfront, and always looked the most likely to get a goal.

The Flying Eagles, who reached the FIFA U20 World Cup and the championship semi finals on Friday with a 1-0 victory over host Niger Republic, were at the Stade Seyni Kountche alongside their technical and backroom staff to watch the Ghana, Mali clash.

Mali lost their opening game 0-2 to Senegal, before they defeated Burkina Faso by a lone goal in Maradi. Victory over Ghana shot them to the last four and earned them a ticket to the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.

The second semi final, which will hold in Maradi on same day, is between Senegal and South Africa.

Nigeria legend Emmanuel Amuneke has advised the Flying Eagles to focus and emphasize more on playing as a team, instead of displaying individual brilliance, as he sees a very tricky semi-final clash with the Malians.

“Our players have to do more of team work. The semi final match against Mali would be explosive and would be an interesting one. But if we play as a team rather than players doing their individual thing, we would come out on top,” he said at the Stade Seyni Kountche on Saturday evening. Africa Cup of Nations winner, Olympic gold medallist and two –time FIFA World Cup star Amuneke, who is Head Coach of Tanzania, is in Niger Republic as a Member of the CAF Technical Study Group at this championship.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has congratulated the Flying Eagles on their qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, while urging the team to go all out for the trophy.

“I congratulate you for picking one of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland.

“I have followed the team’s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills, determination and teamwork.

”I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy.

http://www.reportminds.com/2019/02/afcon-u-20-flying-eagles-face-mali-in.html

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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by Maromark(m): 10:36pm On Feb 10
Those our usual over aged boys, we win jare. Under 20 indeed.

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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by trulymatters: 10:37pm On Feb 10
We go knack dem grin grin
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by kufre2010: 10:38pm On Feb 10
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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by oderinde151(m): 10:41pm On Feb 10
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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by kolafolabi(m): 10:42pm On Feb 10
Flying Eagles are the better side.. They will crush the Malians.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by theoldpretender(m): 11:14pm On Feb 10
Maromark:
Those our usual over aged boys, we win jare. Under 20 indeed.

I know...but nowadays FIFA is cracking down on those sort of things...so I doubt the boys are overaged this time.

The reason why Nigeria does not do well after the U21 guys grow up has a lot to do with poor footballing structures than age.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by Maromark(m): 2:39am On Feb 11
theoldpretender:


I know...but nowadays FIFA is cracking down on those sort of things...so I doubt the boys are overaged this time.

The reason why Nigeria does not do well after the U21 guys grow up has a lot to do with poor footballing structures than age.

Football structure will take blame of 20% but you can't explain the successes of our junior teams that always gets to semis and finals at international level. When it get the senior team we can't even pass group stages. Mikel, kanu where very young and there was progression through the ranks. Where is Chris santus Macaulay? Most of them are old and already in their prime at these junior competitions. If we have young raw talent, Nigeria will benefit no matter the structure.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by DeRay98(m): 6:03am On Feb 11
Maromark:


Football structure will take blame of 20% but you can't explain the successes of our junior teams that always gets to semis and finals at international level. When it get the senior team we can't even pass group stages. Mikel, kanu where very young and there was progression through the ranks. Where is Chris santus Macaulay? Most of them are old and already in their prime at these junior competitions. If we have young raw talent, Nigeria will benefit no matter the structure.

You are referring to events that happened before CAF/FIFA started using MRI to validate players age. Chrisantus Macaurley and his likes played U-17 in 2007, that is 12 yrs ago. Please stay up date on developments like these to avoid making incorrect references.

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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by Lanre4uonly(m): 6:31am On Feb 11
Bring home the trophy because you can do it.
All the best to our Flying Eagles.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by Maromark(m): 7:03am On Feb 11
DeRay98:


You are referring to events that happened before CAF/FIFA started using MRI to validate players age. Chrisantus Macaurley and his likes played U-17 in 2007, that is 12 yrs ago. Please stay up date on developments like these to avoid making incorrect references.

My brother MRI is not a perfect technology, it only gives range of age. It can't actually determine the actual age of players. There are still age cheats in the system.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by Exponental(m): 8:28am On Feb 11
Is a tournament on
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by kindredspirit(m): 9:24am On Feb 11
kolafolabi:
Flying Eagles are the better side.. They will crush the Malians.

I don't think so, bro. Two reasons :

1: Zero team work. The Flying Eagles boys seem too eager to impress, I don't know who. Their selfishness IMHO leaves so much to be desired. The guys mostly refuse to pass the ball to better placed team mates when they sniff goal. Very selfish set of players. This type of play will prove costly to the team sooner rather than later.

2. The goal keeper is an accident waiting to happen. Did you notice the way he constantly fluffed aerial balls in the match against Niger ? Even his defenders were so mad at him, and were shouting at him out of anger. He would apologize and repeat the same error yet again. I think he would be the death of that team.
Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by faro02455(m): 10:27am On Feb 11
DeRay98:


You are referring to events that happened before CAF/FIFA started using MRI to validate players age. Chrisantus Macaurley and his likes played U-17 in 2007, that is 12 yrs ago. Please stay up date on developments like these to avoid making incorrect references.
Even at that; those boys are over age.

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Re: Afcon U-20: Flying Eagles Face Mali In Semi Final by sutsef160: 12:28pm On Feb 11
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