Abuja - The National Under-17 team would depart Abuja for Cairo
on Wednesday for a two-tie international friendly match against their Egyptian
A squad of 25 players and nine officials breezed into Abuja
from their base in Calabar on Tuesday en route to Cairo. Also expected on the trip
is Coach Siji Lagunju, the chief technical officer at the Nigeria Football
The tune up friendly was at the instance of the NFF and
Egyptian Football Association (EFA) ahead of their team's African U-17
While the Golden Eaglets were drawn by into the second round
of the CAN Under-17 qualifiers for Niger 2015, the Junior Pharaohs dispatched
Sudan 7-3 on aggregate in the first round and they would respectively meet Democratic
Republic of Congo and Congo respectively later this month.
Last May ,the Golden Eaglets handed a 3-2 and 3-1 defeats to
the Junior Pharaohs in Kaduna and the
return leg in Cairo would see the two sides do battle twice again on July 4th
Before departing Kaduna last time, Egypt's coach Gamiel
Mohammed Ali vowed to pay back Nigeria in their own coin and it remains to be seen
how that is plausible on the strength of
Golden Eaglets rich vein of form.
"We are expecting a more difficult game in Cairo,"
stated Prince Udofia, Golden Eaglets coordinator.
"Of course, the Egyptians would want to avenge their
last defeats against us but our team has really improved over time. It is going
to be competitive and I think it would be good preparatory matches for our
qualifiers against Congo," he added.
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