The Turkey Technical Centre in Istanbul will witness some interesting football when five –time world champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria file out against their counterparts from Turkey, host nation of the UEFA/CAF U17 International Tournament, on Sunday.
Eaglets and their officials arrived in Istanbul on Friday and had their first training session at the Turkey Technical Centre on Saturday morning before the officials proceeded to attend a technical meeting of all the eight participating teams at the tournament.
Speaking after the technical meeting, Manu Garba, Head Coach of the team insisted that the tournament is a perfect opportunity to test the readiness of the players for the task ahead at the FIFA U17 World Cup starting next month in Brazil.
“I am very optimistic that the tournament will come good for the players to stand the test of time in Brazil. Playing Turkey will definitely be a strong test for the team.” Manu told.
Angola will battle Scotland in another game on Sunday.
The eight participating teams at the UEFA/CAF U17 International Tournament are host Turkey, Nigeria, Scotland, Angola, Cameroon, Senegal, Paraguay and Guatemala.
This year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals will hold 26th October – 17th November in Brazil.
21 EAGLETS IN TURKEY FOR UEFA/CAF TOURNEY
Goalkeepers: Joseph Oluwabusola; Sunday Stephen; Suleiman Shaibu
Defenders: Shedrack Tanko; Ikenna Ferdinand; Usman Mohammed; Charles Etim; David Oduko
Midfielders: Samson Tijani; Mubaraq Adeshina; Shuaibu Abdulrazaq; Akinkunmi Amoo; Olatomi Olaniyan; Peter Agba; Ibraheem Jabaar; Fawaz Abdullahi; Suleiman Lawal
Forwards: Olakunle Olusegun; Mayowa Abayomi; Wisdom Ubani; Divine Nwachukwu