..Seven-time champions, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria will face their huge test when they engage Gambia in a semi-final interesting affair at the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will battle with Gambia’s Young Scorpions at the Cairo International Stadium on Monday, 6 March 2023, in the U20 CAF Africa Cup of Nations semifinals match. Kickoff time: 6 pm (Nigerian time).

The Flying Eagles are not only seven-time winners of the competition, but they have also reached the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup twice, Soccernet.ng reports.

Ladan Bosso’s boys are in the semifinals of the U20 AFCON for a record-extending 15th time.

The Flying Eagles arrived this stage after ending runners-up in Group A and defeating Uganda U20 by the slimmest of margins in the quarterfinals.

The Gambians, though, will not be pushovers. The Young Scorpions have been one of the best teams in Egypt, winning all four matches so far.

They have the best defense, having not conceded a goal, and the best attack after smashing nine goals past their opponents, including the five they got past South Sudan in the quarterfinals.

Both teams have already qualified for the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia, but a win will get either team closer to lifting the prestigious AFCON Cup.

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Gambia U20 coach Abdoulie Bojang noted: “Nigeria is the only team standing between us and the final. We want to be champions, and that can only happen when we beat a champion.

“We are a committed team, but we must do everything we can to win and reach the final.”

While Nigeria U20 coach Ladan Bosso remarked: “We will face a team that has not been defeated in the tournament.

“The most important thing for us in the tournament is that we qualified for the World Cup. Now we will fight to win the title.

“There are no big or small teams in football because it’s only performance and result that counts.”

Nigeria’s first meeting with the Young Scorpions was in the semifinals of the 2007 edition when a 1-0 victory was all the Flying Eagles needed to make it to the final. Congo beat Nigeria to that title to claim their first honor.

Monday’s faceoff will be the first meeting between the two sides in 12 years when Nigeria beat the Gambia in Bidvest Stadium Johannesburg. The Flying Eagles dumped their West African neighbors out of the group stage and went all the way to lift their sixth title after defeating Cameroon in the final.

Will Nigeria make it three wins on the trot over the Young Scorpions, or will the Gambians finally get one over their distinguished rivals?