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Golden Eaglets land in Korea for Suwon Cup tournament

09 November 2016, 13:57

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 Celsius. 

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.

News24 reported that the Nigeria Football Federation explained why it decided that the U17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, participate in the 2016 U19 Suwon Continental Cup tournament.

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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