Flying Eagles will hope their wingers finally come to the party in today’s U20 AFCON quarterfinal against Uganda on their way to qualifying for the U20 World Cup in Indonesia in May.
Wingers are pivotal to coach Ladan Bosso’s favoured 4-3-3 formation, but in Egypt they have largely struggled for form.
Ibrahim Mohammed was the Flying Eagles star at the qualifiers in Niger Republic last year after he scored three goals and in general caught the eye.
The dashing winger scored a wonder goal against Mozambique in a final Group A clash, but even at that he has not lived up to the high standards he has set.
Haliru Sarki has been the other winger rated by Bosso as he has started all three games at the U20 AFCON.
The speedy wideman has been one of the most improved players in the Junior Eagles in the past year, but he has struggled for form in Egypt that he was initially axed for the Mozambique before he was reinstated ahead of Emma Uchegbu.
The more experienced Plateau United winger Uchegbu could get the nod to start today, while Jude Sunday and Olamilekan Adams could be viable options on the wings as well with Gent striker Ahmed Abdullahi to lead the attack against the Hippos of Uganda.
Jude Sunday, for one, showed flashes of a winger who could on his own win a game when he has brought into the fray in the second half.