27 February 2013

Botswana/Nigeria: Golden Eaglets Build Up for Botswana

Ahead of two international friendly matches against Botswana on March 3 and 5, the Golden Eaglets will tackle Bob Osim Academy at the famous Saint Patrick College in Ikot Ansa; Calabar today, February 27.The practice match will kick off at 4pm.

Last year, the Golden Eaglets won 11 and drew one out 12 practice matches and today's game is certainly a rematch against Bob Osim Academy that suffered a 5-1 defeat in the hands of Coach Manu Garba (MFR) boys.

Meanwhile, injured goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar has been given a clean bill of health and has since resumed full training with his teammates.

Adamu has been sidelined for almost a month due to injuries sustained in an auto crash on his way to camp alongside defender Friday Njengo, early this month but his recovery rate has been incredibly steady and swift.

Dr. Deji Olarinoye, the team's doctor, said Adamu is now in good medical condition hence the clearance to resume in earnest and the lad has been participating fully in all aspects of training including the strenuous endurance test.

Golden Eaglets goalkeepers' coach, Emeka Amadi, said Adamu's return to full training is commendable given the trauma he experienced:"I'm very impressed with the fitness level of Adamu since he joined us in training," noted Amadi, Nigerian goalkeeper at the 1989 Under-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia."Hardly can you notice that he has not been training for some time now and this is really good news to the team."

Adamu, who kept a clean slate in the 6-0 spanking of Niger in Calabar last September, is now in contention along with three other goalkeepers in camp.

In a related development, Golden Eaglets doctor, Deji Olarinoye who was at the National Hospital in Abuja over the weekend to ascertain the current condition of Njengo informed that the defender is still under strict medical observation.

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