Olympic Eagles Captain Success Makanjuola Sends Warning to Guinea U23, Speaks Highly of Victor Osimhen

Olympic Eagles Captain Success Makanjuola Sends Warning to Guinea U23, Speaks Highly of Victor Osimhen

Babajide Orevba
March 21, 2023 at 8:51 PM
  • Success Makanjuola has assured supporters that Nigeria will defeat Guinea in the U23 AFCON qualifiers
  • The Olympic Eagles will take on the Junior Syli at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Wednesday, March 22
  • Success, who is the captain of his side, also hailed Napoli striker Victor Osimhen

Ahead of Wednesday’s crucial U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Junior Syli of Guinea, Olympic Eagles captain Success Makanjuola has assured Nigerians of victory.

Salisu Yusuf’s boys will file out against their opponents inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Although team preparations have not been so impressive, the coach will bank on the individual brilliance of some of his best players including 20-year-old Gift Orban.

Success Makanjuola, Olympic Eagles, Nigeria U23
Success Makanjuola to lead Nigeria U23 against Guinea. Photo: VI Images
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The youngster has been in fine form for Belgian club KAA Gent since his arrival from Norway in January.

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Another player to watch out for is captain of the side, Success Makanjuola, who says Nigeria will overcome their opponents.

The FK Liepaja of Latvia star told Sports Brief:

“Nigerians should expect more of the same – victory as usual. We are here to give our best and we are going to get the job done.”

The 21-year-old also stated that Coach Salisu Yusuf is very confident in the squad. He added:

“One thing about him is he takes the pressure on himself and lets the players do the rest.”

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will, on Friday, host Guinea-Bissau at the same venue, and Makanjola praised the firepower of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, adding that playing in the Super Eagles is his main target.

"He (Osimhen) is doing a fantastic job. In fact, the Super Eagles are a motivation for us to keep pushing because that is where we want to be.

16 players sent packing from camp

Sports Brief earlier reported that 16 Nigerian players have been sent home from the camp of the Under-23 national team due to age discrepancies, ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers against Guinea.

Salisu Yusuf - the coach of the side known as the Olympic Eagles - invited 30 players to the training camp to prepare for the double-header against their fellow west Africans.

Most of these players are campaigning in the Nigerian Professional League and the country's second-tier division, the National League.

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