Five-time winners Nigeria engage three-time victors Ghana in a duel that has all the trappings of a classic in the making.
Sharpened by a robust training camp in Libya, Turkey, and Nigeria, the Flying Eagles are propped by nine silver medallists from the 2009 Fifa Under-17 World Cup -10 if we add the coach.
Stand-out midfielder Ramon Azeez, recently snagged by Spanish La Liga side, Almeria FC leades the likes of goalkeepers Danjuma Paul and John Felagha, defender Mohammed Goyi Aliyu, midfielder Abdul Jeleel Ajagun and forwards Olanrewaju Kayode, Edafe Egbedi, Stanley Okoro and Terry Envoh from that Under -17 class of 2009.
Defender Terna Suswan and forward Ahmed Musa have played for the Nigeria senior team and midfielders Gbenga Arokoyo and Emmanuel Anyanwu have true quality and have learnt to collaborate well with the entire unit after months of training camps and friendly matches in three different continents.
To add even more firepower, there is prolific midfielder Chidi Osuchukwu and striker Uche Nwofor who have shown high competence in front of goal.
The cherry on top however, remains Holland-based winger Ahmed Musa, who is now a regular for the Super Eagles and is also on the shopping list of the Olympic team.
He arrived late on Sunday night and is expected to walk straight into the starting line up as Nigeria look primed to add one more to their record five titles.
But not if Ghana have something to say about it.
Fired up by the heroics of their predecessors two years in ago in Rwanda, led by none other than Andrew Ayew, Ghana's class of 2011 have set their sights on a repeat.
Captain Mahatma Otoo has waved any thoughts of pressure aside and is upbeat the squad can carry on from where those left off.
"It's pressure but this team is very focused. The last group did really well but our side did well too in qualifying, scored goals regardless of where we played and that for me is a sign of how well we can cope under pressure," Otoo told KickOffGhana.com.
"We have the team and the capable of doing what the last team did. If all goes well we could even do better."
And that, right there is the warning served to the Nigeria camp, reinforced for added measure "Games between Ghana and Nigeria has always been tough. You can't predict. The team is very ready but we are prepared for that so hopefully Nigeria will fall," he said with emphasis.
Nigeria were forced to leave out two members of their playing staff -Mackson Ojobo and Gomo Onduku -for what was officially described as 'technical reasons' and will now prosecute the competition two men short.
As if that was not enough, star man Ahmed Musa will be commuting between South Africa and Holland, and will not be available for the last group game.
Ghana, by contrast, had only the minor irritation of having to exclude former France youth international Kevin Osei from the final squad after delays in acquiring a Ghanaian passport for him. Marseille-born Osei, who captained the French Under-17 side and is on the books of Olympique Marseille, was part of the squad that spent time in a training camp Nairobi.
But the Ghana team have more than enough quality to go all the way.
After hosts South Africa were handed a 4-2 humiliation by Mali in Sunday's opening game, the crowds thinned down for the second. But with the fare expected to be served up between these two, there should be more than enough reason to fill up the stands.
Kickoff is at 11 am Nigeria time (10 am Ghana time) and will be live across the continent on SuperSport 9, and on Nigerian terrestrial TV on NTA. CLICK HERE for all the AYC news, results, fixtures and tables.