Seoul - Nigeria’s U17 boys, Golden Eaglets, on Tuesday
arrived the Korea Republic to contest in the 4-Nation U19 Suwon Continental Cup
against England, Iran and hosts, Korea.
The Eaglets on Monday departed the country via Murtala
Mohammed Airport in Lagos on a seven hour non-stop flight aboard Qatar Airways
to Hamad International Airport in Doha, from where they embarked on another
nine-hour flight and landed at Incheon Airport in Seoul 5:14pm local time (9:15
am in Nigeria), with temperature oscillating between three and five degree
In Seoul, the contingent was welcomed by the organisers as
well as a representative from the Nigerian Embassy, Mrs. Igwe before traveling
on a two-hour bus ride to Suwon City. Players and officials are lodged at the
impressive Suwon High End Hotel.
Meanwhile, the Coach Manu Garba-led Golden Eaglets will open
their account at the tournament on Wednesday against England at the Suwon World
Cup Stadium - one of the stadia to host next year's FIFA U20 World Cup.
Also read: Coach Garba upbeat as Golden Eaglets depart for Korea
England are in Korea with some British-Nigerians including
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria who was omitted from the Eaglets' 2013 FIFA World Cup-winning
team as well as defender Fikayo Tomori, midfielder Joshua Onomah and forward
Ademola Lookman, amongst others.
Hosts Korea kicked off the tournament on a winning note
Tuesday evening with a 3-1 defeat of Iran. After playing England on Wednesday,
the Golden Eaglets will trade tackles with Iran on Thursday and clash with host
Korea Republic on Saturday.
that the Nigeria Football Federation explained why it decided that the U17
National Team, Golden Eaglets, participate in the 2016 U19 Suwon Continental
General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said the Federation is
encouraged to sustain the team’s momentum and prepare it for bigger challenges
as a result of the series of examinations done to ascertain the fact they are
truly U17 players.
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