U17 AFCON: Ugbade Expect A Tactical Battle With Morocco


Nigeria’s head coach Nduka Ugbade says their duel against Morocco in their second Group B match at the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Wednesday in Constantine will be a massive tactical battle.

The tactician admitted that he is ‘afraid’ of Morocco himself, but notes that his side will fight till the end to clinch three points and move top of the group.

“It is going to be a very tough match and I must admit that I am very afraid of Morocco myself. But, we are going for just three things; win, win win,” Ugbade said in Tuesday’s press conference, as he previewed the duel against the Atlas Cubs.

The Maghreb country leads Group B with three points and two goals from their 2-0 victory over South Africa on Match Day One, while the Golden Eaglets are second also with three points, but with only a goal following their opening day 1-0 win over Zambia.

Whoever wins the duel on Wednesday will affirm their place in the last eight and Ugbade says he wants this to be his side.

“Morocco is a very good tactical side. I watched a bit of their match against South Africa and I was impressed with how they played. They defend very well and are tactically disciplined and very compact. We are going to see a very big tactical battle,” said the coach.


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