Nigeria U20 MNT head coach Ladan Bosso has now set his sights on concluding the ongoing U20 Africa Cup of Nations with a medal.
The Flying Eagles will trade tackles against Tunisia U20 in the third place match on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium.
Bosso’s team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Gambia, Adama Bojang scored the game’s only goal at the Cairo International Stadium on Monday night.
The defeat scuppered the Flying Eagles’ hope of winning a record-extending title for Nigeria.
“It was unfortunate we lost the semi finals and now we will play the third place match,” Bosso told journalists at his pre-match press conference.
“The third place is as good as the final. We believe if we get it right we will take something home and I believe we can put smiles on the faces of football loving Nigerians.
“Nevertheless it is always believed that second best is not good enough but we have to fight for third place.”
Despite missing out on the final ticket, Nigeria managed to secure qualification to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia later this year. The Flying Eagles will fly Africa’s flag alongside their Counterparts from The Gambia, Senegal and Tunisia.
“The most important thing is the target given to us was to first qualify the team to the World Cup, which we achieved,” said Bosso.
“We wanted to get something additional but fortunately we didn’t get it right.
“We had our mistakes but I understand the feelings of some sections of Nigerians will not be comfortable with it.
“We lost to The Gambia not that they were better than us because we should have sealed that game in the beginning.
“Nevertheless the way we prepared for the Gambian team is the same way we will prepare for Tunisia with some adjustments to get the win,” he concluded.
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