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Argentina's forward Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal, during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba is excited about the two friendlies they will play against the Black Satellites of Ghana in preparation for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship. The Nigerian U20’s tackle their Ghanaian counterparts first on Saturday, before engaging the Ghanaians in the second of the games next Wednesday.

And Manu, whose team has been in imperious form, says it is a good test for his lads as the Africa Youth Championship approaches. “It is a very good test for us really and I am excited about it. It follows the Super 6 tournament which we won, which I think is good for us.

“We are preparing for a very important competition and these games will help give us the competitive edge that we want. “The Ghanaians are also preparing for the Africa Youth Championship and it is also a good test for them,” he told The Flying Eagles are in group A of the competition, with hosts Senegal, Congo and Ivory Coast, while the Black Satellites are in group B, with South Africa, Mali and Zambia.

Manu also feels playing Ghana might help them understand what to expect from their group opponents. “Ghana are close to Ivory Coast and they share a border, so their style may not be too different. Senegal and Congo are also there and hopefully we will understand their styles with these games against Ghana.”



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