Former Super Eagles midfielder Garba Lawal has warned Nigeria’s U-20 men’s team to approach the second leg of their final qualifying round for the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations with Mauritania with all the seriousness it deserves.
The Flying Eagles face Mauritania today at the Agege Stadium. The team last Saturday played 1-1 with their Mauritanian counterparts in the first leg in Nouakchott.
The team have been training at the Agege Stadium since their return to the country last Sunday and will need to avoid a defeat to the visitors to qualify for the tournament holding in Niger Republic.
Lawal said the tie is still balanced, adding that the visitors should not be underrated as they could cause an upset.
He said, “Mauritania also want to qualify for the Nations Cup and they are the underdogs coming into the tie. They have had a good result at home and would want to cause an upset here. If they score two goals and it ends in a draw, Nigeria will be out.
“So the Flying Eagles have to be careful and not underrate them. The game is still open to both teams and anyone of them can take it. The boys should take their chances and wrap it up as soon as they can.”
Nigeria ousted Guinea Bissau in the earlier round – beating their opponents 1-0 in Calabar following a 2-2 draw in Bissau.
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