Abuja – The national U-20 team, Flying Eagles on Sunday arrived in Kaduna from Abuja ahead of a final 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho on Aug. 16.
A statement by the team’s Media Officer, Samm Audu, said the squad of 25 players, led by coach Manu Garba arrived on Sunday afternoon after a short bus ride from Abuja.
The statement also said that the team was putting up at the African Continental Hotel in Kaduna, where they had lodged when they hosted Tanzania in the previous round of the AYC qualifiers.
“The Flying Eagles will begin training on Monday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, where the qualifier against Lesotho will be played on Saturday,’’ the statement said.
The return leg match will be played a fortnight in Maseru with the overall winners advancing to the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.
It also said that Lesotho’s U-20 team was expected later in the week in Kaduna, adding that Senegalese referees had been appointed for the match.
It quoted Flying Eagles defender, Zaharadeen Bello, as saying that the team was very much at home in Kaduna.
“We are very much at home in Kaduna after we thrashed Tanzania 4-1 in the previous round.
“We hope to again prove how much at home we are here with another convincing victory against Lesotho on Saturday,” the statement said.
It also said that midfielder Abdullahi Alfa was expected to join the squad on Monday after undergoing trials in Norway.
“He is the only player on the 25-man squad named at the weekend who has yet to be in Kaduna,’’ it said. (NAN)