John Simkoko-coached Ngorongoro Heroes will be hosting the former AYC winners this weekend in a mouth-watering tie to be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo will handle the first leg of the final qualifying round with Oliver Safari Kabene and Nabina Blaise Sebutu as his assistants, while Mupemba Ignace Nkongolo will be fourth official.
Poiret Antoine Ralph Danny from Sychelles will be the match commissioner. Meanwhile, the Flying Eagles are expected to arrive in the country tonight ahead of their encounter with the Tanzania youngsters.
Reports from Nigeria revealed that an 18-man squad will be flying out from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos all the way to Tanzania this afternoon.
It said that the Flying Eagles head coach, Manu Garba, has dropped two players for the clash.
They are goalkeeper Abdulazeez Abubakar and defender Ifeanyi Nweke. Garba, who is still seething following the team’s 0-1 reverse to Benin Republic’s U-20s in a warm-up game on Sunday, warned the other players retained to either “prove yourselves or go home”.
“You have to prove yourself by our next game or you go home. Sunday’s game in Cotonou is now in the past,” he said.
Garba reiterated that their focus is on the upcoming qualifying game against the Heroes and called on his players to eliminate the errors noticed during Sunday’s loss to Benin.
“We have seen some of our lapses and we will correct them before the qualifier in Tanzania,” he said. “We remain positive and want to win in Tanzania so that the return leg will be a mere formality.”
The Ngorongoro Heroes edged past neigbours Kenya on penalties after both legs of their first round qualifier failed to produce any goal.
After the win against Kenya, Simkoko acknowledged that his side will be facing their biggest hurdle against Nigeria on the way to a potential African Youth Championship final place.
He warned Tanzanians that nothing will come easy for the Heroes in their bid to send Nigeria crashing out of the continental qualifiers.
“It is going to be a great test for us, we all know that Nigeria have a strong team that boast a lot of experience playing in the competition, but we've got to rise to the occasion,” said Simkoko.
Two years ago, the Flying Eagles eliminated Tanzania 4-1 on aggregate with the Nigerians winning the first leg in Tanzania 2-1.