Nigeria U-20 head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has expressed optimism that his current side can break the jinx to replicate the successes achieved by the U-17 teams.
The 45-year-old said this in Abuja on Thursday shortly before leading the team to Bujumbura, Burundi, for the 2017 African Youth Championship (AYC), adding that this particular team has the right players to finally achieve this feat.
The Nigeria U-20 team has consistently failed to emulate the achievements of the U-17 team, that graduate into the Flying Eagles, with their best result being a second place finish at the Saudi ’89 tournament.
Amuneke stated that he is confident the Flying Eagles will get the better of their opponents over the two leg encounter.
“We are going to Burundi with the aim of winning so that the return leg here will be a mere formality,” he said.
“We have trained very well and ready to go but our long term aim is to end this seeming jinx where despite doing well in the U-17, we are yet to repeat that at the U-20 level. But I am optimistic that with the support of Nigerians we can achieve this goal.”
Nigeria is yet to win the FIFA U-20 championship, despite big successes at the FIFA U-17 tournaments.