U-20 World Cup Flying Eagles Leave Nigeria On Saturday

Ahead of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup scheduled to take place in New Zealand, the Flying Eagles will depart for Germany on Saturday for their final preparation.

Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), who revealed this to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said team was earlier scheduled to depart the shores of the country on Thursday April 30 but could not do so due to visa procurement challenges.

“The under-20 national team will travel on Saturday. They couldn’t travel because we have multiple visas to get. First was that of Germany and the second was that of New Zealand which we have to get in South Africa.

“You know the problem in South Africa; it was difficult to go there and look for visas but we have gotten them now. The passports of members of the team will be taken to German embassy where they will stamp the visa and they will travel on Saturday’’, Sanusi stated.

The Flying Eagles will have a final training camp in Germany before the World Cup starting next month in New Zealand.

Nigeria is drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Hungary and Korea DPR at the tournament that holds between May 30 and June 20.

The African champions are expected to arrive at their base in New Plymouth, New Zealand on May 25, ahead of their first match of the tournament against Brazil on June 1.

The Under-20 competition is one Cup that has eluded Nigeria in age grade competitions with the country finishing second twice in 1989 and 2005 tournaments.

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