The delegation of the Flying Eagles has arrived in Bujumbura ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Young Swallows of Burundi.
A team of 18 players and 11 officials landed at the Burundi International Airport on Thursday afternoon and was received by officials of the Nigeria Embassy led by 2nd Secretary, Chrisantus Daniel and Counselor Dennis Chukwueze. There were also officials of the Federation de Football de Burundi.
Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has spoken about the determination of his team to do Nigeria proud on Saturday. The match is scheduled for the artificial turf of Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium from 3pm Burundi time (2pm Nigeria time).
The Flying Eagles trained at 5pm Burundi time on Thursday, and were also trained at 3pm Burundi time on Friday. Both teams did not kick a ball in the first round, with reigning African champions Nigeria drawn bye while Burundi’s opponents, DR Congo, withdrew from the race.
Meanwhile, Coach Amuneke had to drop defender Tobechukwu Ibe just before departure, as doctors insisted he would not be fit for the match. His place has been taken by Samuel Opeh.
The winner on aggregate will qualify for the final round of qualifying for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations to be held in Zambia.