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Flying Eagles set to fly to Saudi Arabia for U20 AFCON preparations

Flying Eagles set to fly to Saudi Arabia for U20 AFCON preparations

16 Jan 2019, 13:15

Nigeria's youth national team, Flying Eagles are reportedly set to travel to Saudi Arabia this weekend ahead of their preparations for their friendly match against the hosts on Tuesday, January 22.

According to reports, this particular match forms part of the Flying Eagles' build-up preparations for February's U20 Africa Cup of Nations in the Niger Republic.

One of the most prominent memories of the youth team was at the 1989 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Scotland, during which Saudi Arabia shocked Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in the group stage and went on to win the competition in amazing fashion.

The game on January 22 will also rekindle memories of the opening match of the FIFA U20 World Cup of the same year, hosted by Saudi Arabia, in which the Flying Eagles romped from behind to beat them 2-1 at King Fahd International Stadium on February 16, 1989.

In that match, Al Suraiti got the Saudis in front after 16 minutes but Mutiu Adepoju and Christopher Ohenhen got second-half goals that earned Nigeria three precious points.

The Flying Eagles eventually finished that year’s tournament as runners-up, after losing the final 2-0 against Portugal.

Nigeria’s team administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal disclosed that all arrangements are in top gear for the seven-time African champions to fly out of Nigeria this weekend for the game billed to hold in Jeddah.

Coach of the side, Paul Aigbogun is expected to travel to Jeddah with the squad he will use in the Niger Republic for the U20 AFCON, where Nigeria will contest in Group A against South Africa, Burundi and the hosts.


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