This Day (Lagos)

27 February 2013

Nigeria: Botswana U-17 Delegation to Arrive Friday

The U-17 National Team of Botswana will arrive in Nigeria on Friday for a two-match friendly with the U-17 National Team, Golden Eaglets.

Both matches, which will take place at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar will hold on Saturday, March 2 and Monday, March 4.

The Nigeria Football Federation has organized the games as part of the Golden Eaglets' final phase preparation for the African U-17 Championship taking place in Morocco between April 13th - 27th.

Manu Garba's boys are unbeaten in 20 friendly and competitive matches since coming on stream last year, and swept into the African U-17 finals by winning all six qualifying matches, scoring 21 goals and conceding only one.

In contrast, Botswana's cadets only squeezed past Malawi, Rwanda and Algeria to reach the eight-nation finals.

Prior to their qualifying race last year, the Eaglets played a similar two-leg friendly against the Rwandan U-17 Team, also in Calabar, both of which they won comfortably.

The Eaglets will fly out of the country to Qatar on 13th March, for a four-week final preparatory programme ahead of the continental showpiece in Morocco. They will be availed of the exquisite training facilities at the world-renowned Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Doha.

Nigeria takes on Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and debutants Congo Brazzaville in Group B of the African U-17 Championship in Morocco.

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