23 February 2013

Nigeria/Tunisia: Flying Eagles Land in Tunisia

The Nigerian side arrived Tunisia on Saturday.

The Flying Eagles arrived in Tunisia on Saturday afternoon for a 17-day training camp preparatory to next month's African Youth Championship in next-door Algeria.

The squad of 38 players and officials touched down at 1.30 p.m. local time on board Egypt Air from Cairo, where they played two warm-up games against hosts, 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 is expected to 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 a chilly 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 on Sunday morning, officials said.

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