U23s focused on Olympic qualifiers


Technical crew of the Nigeria’s U-23 team say they are not perturbed over the sudden withdrawal by Egypt to host the upcoming inaugural CAF 8 Nation championship which will serve as the final Olympic qualifying phase.

Egypt was picked ahead of Nigeria and South Africa by the Confederation of Africa football to host the eight nations but the Northern African country reportedly reneged on the rights following turmoil in the country.

“We are not disturbed over the news of Egypt’s withdrawal; we want to remain focused on the task ahead and that is to qualify our fatherland for the London 2012 Olympics,” assistant coach Ben Iroha said.

Goalkeeper coach, Alloy Agu re-echoed, Ben’s Position saying “wherever they take the tournament to our task is to build a formidable team to qualify this country to the Olympics which is a must,” he declared.

On the possibility of Nigeria hosting, Ben Iroha added that “It would of course be an advantage but we don’t want to focus on who host right now as the Federation would handle that while we do the business on the pitch.”

Nigeria is in Group B alongside Morocco, Algeria and Senegal.

Egypt is in Group A with Gabon, South Africa and Cote d’ Ivoire.
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