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F/Eagles jet out for SA

The national U-20 football team will depart for South Africa tonight to keep a date with that country’s representatives for Friday’s AYC qualifier.

Team handlers  have named an almost unchanged squad from their last clash against Tanzania for the clash in South Africa.Kano Pillars utility player Shehu Abdullahi will be the only player who was not on the squad for the return leg clash against the Ngorogoro Heroes from Tanzania last month.

The Flying Eagles are due to depart for Johannesburg by tonight from Lagos.

The final round qualifier for the 2013 Africa Youth Championship will be played Friday night at Nelspruit, which is less than two hours by road from Johannesburg.

Kick-off time has been fixed for 7.30 local time, which is 6.30 Nigerian time.The return leg will be played in Ilorin on October 13.Both teams clashed in an invitational tournament in Cape Town in July with the home team running away 1-0 winners.Meanwhile, Nigeria ambassador to Benin, Laurence Olufemi Obisakin, met with Flying Eagles officials led by coach John Obuh Monday at his office.

He praised the team for keeping the country’s flag flying and wished them luck in South Africa.


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