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Emeka Chinonso Eye African Games Gold As Birthday Gift

Flying Eagles striker Emeka Chinonso has charged his team mates to remain focus ahead of today’s final match against Burkina Faso at the ongoing 2019 African Games in Morocco.

The lanky striker whose goal against the host Morocco in the last group game ensured Nigeria picked the semifinal ticket admitted that the final match will be tough but optimistic that the Flying Eagles are more determined and focused than their Burkina Faso counterparts. He added that his team mates should borrow a leaf from the Falconets who won Cameroon on penalties to win the gold medal in women football event on Thursday.

When asked about his personal target in today’s match, Chinonso prayed that God should give him the opportunity to score hattrick for Nigeria.

He however, heaped praises on NFF for choosing Paul Aigbogun, describing (Aigbogun) as one of the best coach in the country today.

His word: “Coincidentally, today is the final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, the same day i will be a year older. As birthday gift, i want my team mates to borrow a leaf from our girls the Falconets who won gold medal in women’s football event. We must remain focused and determined to pick the gold medal and that will be a perfect birthday gift for me.” Chinonso told BSN Sports.

“Personally, i pray to God to give me the opportunity to score hattrick in today’s final. This will be my own birthday gift to Nigerians. But ultimately, winning the gold medal by our collective efforts will make my day complete.

“I want to thank the NFF for throwing their weight behind coach Paul Aigbogun even when there are challenges. He is no doubt one of the best the land and that can be proven by taking the team to the final of the competition after 41 years.”

The Flying Eagles will today lock horns with Burkina Faso U20 national team in the final of the 2019 African Games Men’s final in Rabat.

Both sides met in their first group game of the competition which ended in a barren draw.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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