Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Golden Eaglets gear up for Botswana friendly

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Golden Eaglets

The Nigerian U17 side is preparing for the African championship.

Ahead of two international friendly matches against Botswana on March 3 and 5, the Golden Eaglets will tackle Bob Osim Academy at the Saint Patrick College in Ikot Ansa, Calabar, on Wednesday, February 27.

The practice match will kick off at 4:00 p.m. prompt.

Last year, the Golden Eaglets won 11 and drew one out of 12 practice matches. Wednesday’s game is certainly a rematch against Bob Osim Academy that suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Coach Manu Garba’s boys.

Meanwhile, injured goalkeeper, Adamu Abubakar, has been given a clean bill of health and has since resumed full training with his teammates.

Adamu had been sidelined for almost a month due to injuries he sustained in an auto crash earlier this month. He was on his way to camp with defender, Friday Njengo, when the crash occurred. His recovery rate has been incredibly steady and swift.

Deji Olarinoye, the team’s doctor, said Adamu is now in good medical condition hence the clearance to resume in earnest He added that the lad has been participating fully in all aspects of training including the strenuous endurance test.

Golden Eaglets goalkeepers’ coach, Emeka Amadi, said Adamu’s return to full training is commendable given the trauma he experienced. “I’m very impressed with the fitness level of Adamu since he joined us in training,” noted Amadi, “Hardly can you notice that he has not been training for some time now and this is really good news to the team.”

Adamu who kept a clean slate in the 6-0 spanking of Niger in Calabar last September is now in contention along with three other goalkeepers in camp.

In a related development, the team doctor, Olarinoye, who was at the National Hospital in Abuja over the weekend to ascertain the current condition of Njengo informed that the defender is still under strict medical observation.

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