Calabar- -The Nigeria U-20 squad on Sunday flew into
Calabar, capital of Cross River State as the football –loving State returns to
the front burner of international football action.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke led a group of 25 players and three
officials into Canaan City, as the Flying Eagles intensify preparations for
weekend’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Young
Swallows of Burundi.
Calabar is hosting the return leg match this Saturday, which
should be a soft session for the African champions, who pipped the Young
Swallows 1-0 in Bujumbura two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup bronze ball winner
Samuel Chukwueze has continued in fine form in friendly matches ahead of the
clash, causing serious havoc to opposition defence –lines.
Just two days after his brace helped the Flying Eagles
demolish Nigeria National League side, Shekarau Babes FC in a friendly match
played on the artificial pitch of the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, the winger
was again at his imperious best netting twice in the second half as the
Emmanuel Amuneke tutored side saw off Amakson Football Academy 3-0 in another
friendly match at the weekend at the same venue.
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The galloping winger was at his usual slippery best all
through the entertaining affair and received huge applause from the crowd,
among them players of the National U-17 team currently in Abuja for a screening
exercise supervised by team Coach Manu Garba.
Another winger, Orji Okonkwo added the third and final goal,
just as he did against Shekarau Babes when he scored the fifth and final goal
of the match to see off the Kano based NNL side.
Amakson Football Academy pride itself as a hard nut to crack
for National Teams, having had decent results against the U-17, U-20 and U-23
teams in the past.
News24 had reported that Chukwueze underwent medicals at Arsenal in February.
Friday's bashing however, did not come as a surprise to fans
and the proprietor of the academy, who admitted after the game that his boys
lost to a very good team with great potentialities.
The UJ Esuene Stadium, which has played host to several
Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets’ international matches over the past few years,
will host this weekend’s clash between the Flying Eagles and the Young
Swallows. The winner on aggregate will reach the final round of the
qualification series for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, where Sudan will
be the opposition.For
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