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Flying Eagles face Benin under-20 team

14 September 2012, 16:15

Abuja -  The national under-20 men football team, the Flying Eagles, will on Sunday take on their Benin Republic counterparts in an international friendly match, an official disclosed on Friday in Abuja.

Chief Technical Officer of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Abdulrafiu Yusuf, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the match was part of the team’s build-up for their Sept. 22 assignment.

NAN reports that the Flying Eagles will take on South Africa in the African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sept. 22. 

The match is the first leg fixture in the final round of the qualification competition, with the second leg slated for Ilorin between Oct. 5, and Oct. 7.

``The team has been training at the Kwara State Stadium’s astro-turf pitch in Ilorin since Aug. 22, ahead of the match with South Africa.

``On Wednesday, they moved to the natural grass pitch at the University of Ilorin because the match in South Africa will be on natural grass.

``And, as part of their preparation for the clash with South Africa, NFA has approved for them to play a friendly match with the under-20 team of Benin Republic.

``The team will, therefore, leave Ilorin for Cotonou on Saturday, while the match will be played on Sunday,’’ Yusuf said.

NAN reports that Nigeria beat Tanzania on a 4-1 aggregate in the qualifiers’ second round, while South Africa beat Congo on the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw.



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