NIGERIA: Obuh seeks victory for birthday gift

Flying Eagles’ coach John Obuh Flying Eagles’ coach John Obuh wants his wards to beat Congo DR today in their final group game of the African Youth Championship in Algeria to give him a befitting birthday gift.

Obuh turned 53 yesterday and was treated to a bash by the players with Nigeria Football Federation officials in attendance. This is even as the Flying Eagles are in dire need of a win against Congo after they lost 1-0 to Mali in their opening game and then redeemed hopes with a 1-0 win over Gabon on Wednesday.

“I want you to make my joy complete. First by qualifying for the World Cup on Saturday by beating DR Congo in our final group game and then going on to successfully defend our AYC title,” Obuh told his players.

He was given an assurance that Congo DR will be beaten by his captain Abdulazeez Ajagun.

The NFF director of competitions, Mohammed Sanusi, remarked that Obuh is an achiever. He declared that the NFF has confidence his team will deliver.

“Coach Obuh is an achiever and I have personally been there although his successes with the national teams, first with the U17 team at the 2009 World Cup and also with the U20 team when we won the AYC in 2011.”

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