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Some of the Flying Eagles player, who failed to qualify for next year’s U-20 AFCON in Zambia, will be promoted to the Super Eagles squad.
Emmanuel Amuneke’s boys lost 4-3 in Lagos last week, despite winning 2-1 in Khartoum and missed out on away goals rule.
However, some of the players have impressed enough to be considered for the senior national team.
“We shall include some of the players who have distinguished themselves in the team in some of the senior team’s invitations as a means of monitoring and developing them after they failed to reach the U-20 World Cup where they should have exhibited their talents,” an NFF source told Complete Sports.
“The idea is to invite about three to five of the players to fight for places in the senior team and develop. We cannot allow such talents to vanish just like that. We shall help the players to fulfill their potential by giving them the chance to improve their game by training and playing with the Super Eagles.”
Meanwhile, first vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has pleaded with Nigerian football fans, to forgive the U-20 side, after they were eliminated from the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations by Sudan.
The Flying Eagles won the first leg 2-1 in Omdurman, but were beaten 4-3 in Lagos, losing out on away goals rule.
This means Emmanuel Amuneke’s team, will also not be at next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
“We want to let the players know that sometimes you learn from adversity. I emplore Nigerians to please forgive and understand that it’s a work in progress, they will become champions of the world. Everybody has seen them play. What happened was just a freak,” Akinwunmi said.