23rd July, 2010
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will tomorrow tackleÂ the Junior Syli NationaleÂ of Guinea in the first leg knockout qualifying match of Libya 2011 African Youth Championship, AYC at the Abuja National Stadium.
The Guineans are expected in the country today. The Coach John Obuh-tutored side, who have been in camp will have everything to play for because failure to defeat the visitors may dash the teamâ€™s dream of playing at the AYC next year.
Reports from Abuja revealed that the players are in high spirits and raring to go against the East Africans, who have been playing hide and seek game on their date of arrival.
Some of the members of the silver winning team to the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will form the fulcrum of the team. Another source of joy for the technical crew of the Flying Eagles is the arrival of the new goal king in the Nigeria Premier League, Kano Pillarsâ€™ Ahmed Musa.
Obuh, a former coach of Enyimba Football Club of Aba disclosed that the arrival of Musa is a boost as he would be banking on the experience of the goal poacher to wreck their opponents.
Fiveâ€“time continental champions, Flying Eagles have moved to Peace Haven Hotel in Abuja for the final day of preparation for the game, which kicks off at 4pm at the National Stadium Complex.
The Guineans will be accommodated at the Agura Hotel, while the match officials from Burkina Faso are lodged at NICON Luxury hotel.
Tomorrowâ€™s 2011 African Youth Championship qualifier is the first of a two-legged affair, with the return set for Conakry in two weeksâ€™ time.
â€”TaiwoÂ Â Adelu, Abuja