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Flying Eagles not pursuing Ivory Coast revenge

22 December 2014, 14:56Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Flying Eagles say they will be heading to the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) with the aim of winning the trophy, not to avenge a loss to West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire.

The Flying Eagles are grouped alongside hosts Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Congo.

In 2013, Nigeria suffered defeats at the hands of African U17 champions Cote d’Ivoire at the U17 championship in Morocco.

Also read: Flying Eagles coach targets AYC trophy

Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has insisted they will not be seeking revenge when both teams clash again in Senegal.

“We are not driven to avenge the loss in Morocco because this will be a different competition and we will have two different teams from the ones from last year,” he argued.

“We respect Cote d’Ivoire because they have a great footballing culture, but we hope to beat any team we come up against.”

The African Youth Championship will be played between March 8 and 22.

The Flying Eagles have won a record six AYC titles with their last triumph being in 2011. They finished third last year in Algeria.

The semi-finalists will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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