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Posted: 26 April 2011 Time: 21:17

Nigeria's Under-20 side will be spoiled silly if they defeat Mali and qualify for the final of the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa on Thursday. 

President of the Nigeria Football Federation Aminu Maigari tasked the team Tuesday afternoon to reach the AYC final and get "an improved package".   "You have made millions of Nigerians happy by qualifying for the World Cup and now you can make them even happier by reaching the final and going on to win the competition," Maigari told the Flying Eagles at their Garden Court Hotel in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.   "This match is as crucial as the match against Gambia, where you needed to win to guarantee your qualification to the World Cup.   "I will therefore meet with my officials and come out with an improved package for you."   Each player received $2,000 for beating The Gambia 2-0 to reach the last four of the biennial tournament. It was double their regular match bonus.   The NFF boss also reminded coach John Obuh and skipper Ramon Azeez of their promise to President Goodluck Jonathan that they will win the AYC for a sixth time.   "Besides the promise by your coach and skipper, you should also remember that Mali beat us in the quarter-final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup which we hosted in 1999," Maigari added.   A high-powered federal government delegation will also fly into South Africa when the team qualify for the AYC final.   Skipper Azeez assured the NFF boss and the entire country that the team are set to conquer Africa again.   Nigeria battle Mali in the first semi-final on Thursday in Soweto. The other semi-final is between Egypt and Cameroon.   The championship final is slated for Sunday, also at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.     CLICK HERE for the AYC news, fixtures and results. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:43 pm
Nigerian players look much more younger compared to players from other countries especially Ghana, Gambia, and Mali.
posted: 10:11 pm
So even to win semifinal how much more final you have to promise them reward. How i wish Samson siasia enjoyed all this when he coached the U20 and the olympic team. They snuffed the life out of him by not providing money even for training that he had to go to public to beg and he still got to the finals and even won the AYC U20. I do hope he is given all the money for the super eagles to prepare them to be world beaters. Siasia is simply the best hands down.
posted: 10:42 pm
he can fool others but he can't fool me, i know all this is just a game, i,m very sorry for fool like him who may want to get visa from him, sorryooooooooooooo una name na maga
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posted: 10:55 pm

MR SARAH ???????????????? ROTFF & PMSL

posted: 10:55 pm
This is a football forum for views,advice nd other football related matters.You all should desist in using d forum 2 promote ur business or telling people where u are born nd where u live.Those are uncalled for.Even using d forum for abuses is bad.I wonder if d editors are seeing these comments and not banning such ones from the site
posted: 10:58 pm
I'm sure the boys are going to win mali.
To Hell With Ghana!
posted: 11:24 pm
@ TRUST: Wetin concern you? Busy Body Ghanaian!
posted: 02:05 am
highlights of lillestrom vs haugesund: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cS360koc0k&feature=player_embedded#at=311
posted: 02:45 am
@Sarah, if my memory serves me right, I remembered you saying when you started posting "comments" here that English was not your first language but French!To be frank, I don't think anyone here is interested in your personal biography. Indeed, Nigerian and non-Nigerian supporters of our football take time off to read comments posted by patriots and fellow citizens here on the positives and negatives of our football players, administrators, et al. So what goes?
posted: 04:12 am
Please take another look at Cameroun players. They really look like their senior team. Much older than ours. I think they are among the oldest.
posted: 08:13 am
uhmmmm...??? A high power federal delegation will also fly to SA if d team reached final..??? Well its only showed that we r still behind in everythn,bcos this doesnt happened in d developed world,Footballers r doing their job nd i think this highly delegation pp shld seat in their office nd do their job,or is it vacation or wot?? nd U-20tourney fr dat matter..This does nt happened nd cannot happened in all european country where junior football is a developmental stuff....uhmm God help my country,Govt officials ,ders a lot of work to be done nd leave flying eagle biko
posted: 08:17 am
Nff well done once more again for this great boost ,Mr maigari visting the team will definately charge them to victory I really like what Mr maigari said that they should remember mali defeated us in quarter final of Nigeria 99,he is indirectly telling them this a pay back time and vengeance time as well,I strongly believe the boys will fly above the malians,wishing our dear flying eagles best of luck
posted: 09:46 am
Lets be Honest and put nationalism aside ......This U-20 Team is not good enough to win AYC let alone the World Cup
posted: 11:23 am
Nice one, NFF.
posted: 04:20 pm
Cameroonian and Ghanian players especially are apparently too old.
posted: 05:25 pm
Any action taken by NFF to beat Mali will be acceptable by us
posted: 07:10 pm
plz do us proud 2 morow.we pray dat God of soccer wil see u tru.
posted: 08:24 pm
@Boa, you are right.
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