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‘Flying Eagles are ready for Tanzania’

06 May 2014, 17:29Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Flying Eagles are ready to fly Nigeria’s flag very high in this weekend’s 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier in Tanzania, according to coach Manu Garba.

“We are fully ready for this match,” Manu said after his team’s intensive training session at the National Stadium in Lagos Tuesday morning.

“We respect our opponents, but we want to win in Tanzania so that the second leg in Nigeria will be a mere formality.

“We have very good information about Tanzania after the Nigeria Football Federation sent an official to spy on them last month. They like to play football and have a good recovery rate, but we will be equal to the task.”

He added: “We are a Nigerian team and so we have the character to withstand any situation. And we will again prove this in Tanzania.”

Last month, the Nigeria U20s played two test matches in Morocco, which they drew, and have also played against local clubs in Abuja ahead of this qualifier.

All 18 squad players are free of injury despite the bruising warm-up match against Benin Republic on Sunday in Cotonou.

Manchester City duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali impressed as second half substitutes in Benin and could well start against Tanzania.

Both players had struggled with fitness and injury when they joined up with the squad last month.

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