Ahead of Monday night’s crunch Round of 16 clash against the Young Terenga Lions of Senegal, Flying Eagles Head Coach Paul Aigbogun has admitted his boys must be at their best to stand a chance of eliminating the competition’s most organized side.
After managing to go through to the next round as best loser via the third position in the group stages, the former Enyimba gaffer, who praised his side for keeping their cool in the draw against Ukraine despite going down in the first half, added that they don’t fear the Senegalese going into the encounter.
“Against Ukraine, I knew it was going to be a difficult game because they are very organized and tactical but we played well and the players organized themselves well in the second half.
“Now it’s Africa against Africa which gives the game a much different dimension. They are a good team no doubt and we would show them the respect they deserve but we don’t fear them.
“We have to be at our best. They are a good team and we have to play our best football to defeat them on Monday night,” Aigbogun concluded.
Yet to concede or taste defeat in the competition, Senegal topped Group A with 7 points and are favourites on paper to go past Nigeria at the Lodz Stadium, except the Flying Eagles produce their best display yet at the competition.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde