Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Ayebeni ‘The Yak’ has opened on the recent ‘Flying Eagles’ setback.
The Nigeria U20 fails to qualify for the 2021 U20 African Championship,
“It’s sad,” Ayegbeni told Goal. “Not just because we didn’t qualify, but for the young ones at the age of 19 and 20; there will be no way for them to play because they will have to wait for another two years – then, they would be 22.
“They have missed the golden opportunity to play for the Nigerian U20 team.
The coach Ladan Bosso fails at the WAFU U20 zone B tournament in Benin Republic, and they will be absent in Mauritania when the championship staged later this year.
“It’s a setback and I hope we put things right at the next edition so that we can qualify for the U20 World Cup. It is a big setback for the country in terms of football development.”
For the 38-year-old, it is difficult to point out where Bosso’s boys got things wrong – however, he recommends that previous mistakes should be corrected to avoid missing the next edition slated for 2023.
“I didn’t watch any of their [the Flying Eagles] games, but I heard about the results, so I’m not going to say we got it wrong from here or there,” he continued.
“I don’t know what happened, but we didn’t qualify, and I hope we are going to learn from our mistakes. It is sad we didn’t qualify for the U20 African Cup of Nations.”