“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.”