15 February 2013

Nigeria/Benin: Benin Lands Abuja for Flying Eagles' Friendly

A 29-man squad from Benin Republic are in Abuja Friday morning ahead of a friendly against Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles.

Both teams are using the match to prepare for next month's African Youth Championship in Algeria.

Defending champions, Nigeria are seeded in Group B along with DR Congo, Gabon and Mali, while Benin Republic are in Group A with hosts Algeria, Egypt and Ghana.

Both teams played out a 1-1 draw in another friendly played in Cotonou in September.

Incidentally, Benin took on Nigeria's 2013 AYC foes Gabon in two tune-up matches recently.

They lost 1-0 in the first match before they drew 1-1 with their hosts in the second game.

Benin will host the Gabon U20s in another warm-up game on February 20th in Cotonou.

The Flying Eagles are also scheduled to depart Abuja Monday afternoon for two warm-up games against the Egypt U20s in Cairo.

The first match will be played on February 20 with a second game two days later.

They will then embark on a three-week training camp in Tunisia before heading to the Algeria for the tournament, which kicks off on March 16.

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