Nigeria U20 aim to improve on goalscoring ahead of Fifa U20 World Cup

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Coach Paul Aigbogun has picked a team of 18 players for the men’s football event at Africa’s multi-sport gathering
Coach Paul Aigbogun has picked a team of 18 players for the men’s football event at Africa’s multi-sport gathering

Nigeria U20 are set to improve on their goalscoring skills on the back of an ‘unlucky’ defeat to Saudi Arabia, according to coach Paul Aigbogun.

The Flying Eagles lost 2-1 to their Saudi counterparts in their second preparatory game in Vienna, having drawn to a Freiburg U19 side 3-3 in their first friendly.

Aigbogun rued their profligacy in the final third.

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“We were unlucky to have lost against the Saudis,” Aigbogun told The NFF website.

“We created a lot of chances but failed to put them away.

“Our focus will shift to the conversion of opportunities because we want to make an impact at the Fifa World Cup.

“There are a few other areas that myself and my assistants noticed and we will work hard at these when we get back to our training camp in Germany.”

Before jetting to Tychy, Poland to start their U20 World Cup campaign, the Flying Eagles will face Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Austrian side Salzburg.

Nigeria are in Group D alongside Qatar, Ukraine and the United States. They face Qatar for their opener on May 24.

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