The U-20 national team, the Flying Eagles were Monday afternoon led out of the country by the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Sub-Committee, Chris Green to Rwanda for a friendly.
The Flying Eagles will play an international friendly against the Young Amavubi of Rwanda in Kigali on Tuesday, before flying to Dar es Salaam on Thursday for Sunday’s 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier against the Junior Taifa Stars.
The delegation flew out of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja aboard a Rwanda Air airline flight.
Meanwhile, Mr. Green informed PREMIUM TIMES that the NFF was taking a critical look at the crews of the national teams with a view to ensuring that discipline and dedication to duty is paramount at all times.
Mr. Green, speaking against the backdrop of the ejection of Assistant Coach Abimbola Samuel and Goalkeeper Trainer Suleiman Shuaibu from the squad, said the NFF is determined to inculcate into the teams the important virtues of the development and re-building processes.
“Our principal concern for now is to ensure that discipline reigns in all the teams, and whoever is seen to be cog in the wheel of progress in any of the teams will be thrown overboard without anyone batting an eyelid.
“Certainly, we want to win matches and competitions. But the age-grade teams are critical to our development programmes and we will never ignore negative vibes from there. It is from the age grade teams that players move to the Super Eagles, and they have to grow with the right values before they can do well in the senior team,” Mr Green said.
Coach John Obuh led 18 players and his assistants and backroom staff, including new Goalkeeper Trainer Aloysius Agu. Agu, a former Captain of the Super Eagles, replaces Suleiman Shuaibu.
Also on Monday, the U-20 Women’s Team, the Falconets, departed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja for Accra, Ghana where the team will play two friendly matches on Tuesday and Thursday this week, against the U-20 Women’s Team of that country, known as Black Princesses.
The team travelled aboard an Arik Air flight.