This Day (Lagos)

24 February 2013

Nigeria/Tunisia: AYC - Flying Eagles Arrive Tunisia

Nigeria's U20 team otherwise known as the Flying Eagles arrived Tunisia Saturday for a 17-day training camp ahead of next month's African Youth Championship in next-door Algeria.

The squad of 38 players and officials touched down at 1.30pm local time, which is the same time as Nigeria, on board Egypt Air from Cairo, where they played two warm-up games against hosts and another AYC-bound team Egypt.

They won the first game 3-1 on Wednesday, before they were held to a 0-0 draw by the home team in the second game on Friday.

The flight from Cairo lasted about three and a half hours and the squad were warmly welcomed on arrival at the Aeroport Carthage Tunis by officials from the Nigerian embassy in Tunisia.

The team have since booked into the expansive, five-star El Mouradi Hotel in Gammarth on the outskirts of the capital city of Tunis.

The facility is well known to host top sports teams from across the world and it will be an ideal location for the Nigeria U20s to concentrate and fine tune their strategies for the defence of the AYC title they won in South Africa two years ago.

Local temperature was put at 19 degrees centigrade by the time the Flying Eagles landed, but it further dropped due to a light drizzle, which some team members described as "showers of blessings." The team will begin full training this morning, officials said.

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