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Flying Eagles coach Ladan Bossu paid tribute to his boys after they qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday.
The Soaring Eagles defeated Uganda 1-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals at the Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia on Thursday, and also became the second African nation to qualify for the 23rd edition of the World Football Festival to be held in Indonesia in May.
Ladan Bosu and his Flying Eagles moved into the top four thanks to Ibrahim Gomaa’s own goal in half an hour in Ismailia.
The Ugandan Hippopotamus had the ball but had no advantage to beat Chigeyuki Anyagbuso against Nigeria.
Isma Mugulusi, Travis Mutyaba and Ivan Irinimbabazi all came close but were unable to overcome a towering Aniagboso who had impressed the Nigeria U20 coach.
Speaking after the match, Bossu admitted that he never expected the Ugandans to cause them so much trouble.
“The Ugandan team is three players combined and I don’t bring what we trust is also Hercules, but we have memories of our plans for the match and important advice,” Bossu stated before the match.
“The Hippos are very cool, compact and I think most of their players are in the local league.
“The quality you’ve seen in this tournament in the next few years, African teams will play in the final stage of the FIFA World Cup.”
The Flying Eagles will be hoping to clinch their eighth title, but will face the winner of a quarter-final on Friday in Alexandria between Gambia and newcomers South Sudan.
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