Africa U-20 Cup of Nations: Flying Eagles Drawn Against South Africa

Nigeria and South Africa have met on several occasions over the course of 2018, and now – in February – they will be facing off once more in the U20 African Cup of Nations.

Super Eagles were drawn against the Bafana Bafana in their African Cup of Nations qualifying group ahead of the 2019 Africa U 20 Cup of Nations and managed a 1-1 draw with them last month to keep their hope alive.

Super Falcons came up against the Banyana Banyana in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, beating them 1-0 in the group stages before slipping to a penalty shootout defeat against them in the final of the competition.

Nigeria's U20 women played their South African counterparts in a FIFA U20 Women's World Cup qualifier back in January – losing 8-0 on aggregate – and now the men's U20 group have been drawn against them in the U20 African Cup of Nations.

Thabo Senong's side managed to steal victory in the U20 COSAFA Cup this week thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Zimbabwe, and will now turn their attention to their trip to Niger in February.

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn against South Africa's U20, Burundi and the hosts, and they will all be fully aware of the fact that a top-four finish in the competition will see them reach the 2019 U20 World Cup in Poland in May.

Do you think Nigeria's U20 can get the job done in Niger?

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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