Abuja - Flying Eagles Coach John Obuh said on Sunday that the Nigeria Under-20 team are gradually taking shape after their defeat at the invitational tournament in South African.
He said this at the National Stadium after the team’s friendly against Team Initiative Football Club at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.
The match ended 5-0 in favour of the Flying Eagles.
Obuh said the friendly was organised as part of the training toward the team's other tournament as well as to know how the team had picked up after their defeat in South Africa.
He said the players were learning how to keep their goals saying, ``that is why we were able to get the five goals without dropping.
``I believe we are taking shape if I should say that because it was the exposure in South Africa that gave us the overview of how the team is.
``I need to have another quality encounter to actually know the ones (players) that have been able to rise.”
Obuh said that he was looking forward to more friendly matches with high quality teams to rate the Flying Eagles.
He said that they could start with top premier league teams in the country.
``I believe that the programme I sent to the Federation as regards friendly matches, by the time we come up with such friendlies, we will improve.
``We are looking forward to playing against some of the top premiership teams in the country.”
Also, Coach Victor Ameh of the Team Initiative FC said the match was revealing even though his team lost.
``But they (Team Initiative) still tried their best.''
Ameh said the team had always equalised with the Flying Eagles in their past friendlies, stating that they (Eagles) were improving and using experience on his boys (Team Initiative).
``My boys gave three hundred per cent performance but I feel their lack of concentration cost them the game. They had excellent training and the game was okay.
``This game shows us that we are now playing more experienced team. Now, I know that Flying Eagles have a team that will make the country proud.''