The Golden Eaglets Wednesday arrived Marrakech exactly five days ahead of their opening Group B match against Ghana’s Black Starlets at the 10th CAN U-17 holding between April 13 and 27.
Incidentally, the Golden Eaglets and their West African rivals, Ghana both arrived Aeroport Mohammed V in Casablanca about the same time on Wednesday and were promptly transferred to Marrakech.
Protocol Officer at the Nigerian Embassy in Rabat, Mr. Saad Wunti Abdullahi, was on ground to help the Golden Eaglets complete mandatory immigration formalities assuring the team of a wonderful stay inMorocco.
The Nigerian contingent led by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Director of Competition, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi which landed in Casablanca aboard Royal Air Maroc at 9:25am local time( 10:25am in Nigeria), was conveyed in an air-conditioned bus to Marrakech in a journey that lasted about three hours. The team is lodged at Ryad Mogador Menara, Marrakech in the heart of the city which used to be the capital of Morocco.
Meanwhile, the coincidental arrival of Nigeria and Ghana about the same time was an opportunity for the perennial West African rivals to size each other up ahead of the eagerly awaited Sunday’s match.
Players and officials on both sides cast glances at each other while boarding their separate buses to Marrakech and it is apparent that no quarter would be given when they battle on Sunday.
”They have seen us and we have seen them,” Golden Eaglets’ coordinator, Suleiman Abubakar said.” We wait to see what happens on Sunday but we are confident about our chances in this championship starting with Sunday’s game against Ghana”.