The Flying Eagles are finding the preparation for the 2013 Africa Youth Championship(AYC) slated for Algeria too difficult for what they bargained for after the team lost the fourth straight game against Warri Wolves last Wednesday.
The national U20 side had earlier lost twice to Enugu Rangers and then to Wikki Tourists before their latest setback in Warri.
Though they are not competitive matches and are only meant to help chief coach John Obuh shape up his squad ahead of further friendlies outside the country and later the AYC, but series of losses could have a psychological influence on the team.
Former U17 and U20 international, Dele Ajiboye however disagrees stating that it was better for the team to lose friendly matches now and point out where they are deficient before going for the AYC where he reckoned they would be better drilled and prepared for with a tough build up to the competition.
He counselled coach Obuh and his wards not to allow the negative results recorded in the testy games bother them as they set out at raising a top notch side for Nigeria in Algeria.
"I heard they lost another friendly match to Warri Wolves. It is not too pleasant to lose matches be it friendly or competitive ones. "They have been playing top sides which showed that the coaches have a structured programme that they are working at.
"They lost to top teams and should not allow that to bother them. "They should concentrate on getting a good squad for Nigeria. The one that will retain the AYC again and go ahead to do Africa proud in Turkey later in the year," Ajiboye enthused.
Flying Eagles have tough countries like DR Congo, Mali and Gabon to combat with in Group B when the competition commences next month.
They are the defending champions of the Africa Youth Championship.