Nigeria plans Tunisia camping for Flying Eagles, as first phase opens in Abuja


Nigeria U – 20 team, the Flying Eagles, will begin preparation for the 2013 African Youth Championship when they open training camp in Abuja on Sunday, January 6.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, said the team is also slated to set up a training base in Tunisia at least three weeks prior to the championship.

NFF Acting General Secretary, Musa Ahmadu, said the choice of Tunisia is due to its proximity to Morroco; the venue of this year’s tournament.

“The team will camp in Tunisia for about three weeks where they will be a couple of friendly games, Mr. Ahmadu stated.

“We chose Tunisia because it is close to Morocco and it has similar weather condition as well as smooth flight connection,” he said.

The NFF scribe said that the target for the Flying Eagles is for them to successfully defend the title won two years ago in South Africa and also get a qualification ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey coming up later this year.

Meanwhile, Coach John Obuh has called up 20 players, the core of the team who beat South Africa 4-2 on aggregate in October to qualify for the AYC, which will kick off in Algeria on March 16.

The Flying Eagles are the defending champions and are drawn in Group B along with debutants Gabon, Mali, and DR Congo.

Flying Eagles secretary, Aliyu Auwal, disclosed that players should report to the Serob Legacy Hotel in Wuye, Abuja.

The invitees:

Goalkeepers: Samuel Okani, Jonah Usman, Jacob Abobo.

Defenders: Ikechukwu Okorie, Chizoba Amaefule, Shehu Abdullahi, Kenneth Omeruo, Aliyu Mohammed Goyi, Abubakar Hassan.

Midfielders: Moses Orkuma, Abduljaleel Ajagun, Ovboka Agboyi, Uche Agbo, Chidi Osuchukwu.

Strikers: Alhaji Gero, Yahaya Adamu, Bright Ejike, Umar Aminu, Harrison Egbune, Sikiru Alimi.


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