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
“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
He added: “We are a Nigerian team and so we have the
character to withstand any situation. And we will again prove this in
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
Both players had struggled with fitness and injury when they
joined up with the squad last month.
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