U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles Train In Mendoza Ahead Opener
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have had their first training session in the city of Mendoza, Argentina after arriving on Wednesday evening, before their opening match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup against the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
The team, led by head coach, Ladan Bosso, touched down at the Aero Puerto International Airport, Mendoza and was received by NFF’s Head of International Competitions, Dayo Enebi, and officials of the Local Organising Committee of the championship.
The Nigeria Football Federation had set up a pre-World Cup training camp for the Flying Eagles in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, where the team defeated an Argentine second division team, Almirante, and battled out a 3-3 draw with fellow World Cup finalists Colombia in friendlies.
Substitute Emmanuel Umeh salvaged a draw for Nigeria in the second friendly when he found the net in the 89th minute, while Jude Sunday, with a powerful shot from outside the box in the 44th minute, and Ibrahim Beji Muhammad at minute 77 were the other scorers for the seven-time African champions.
Nigeria, who will be making their 13th appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, start their campaign against Dominican Republic on Sunday, then face the Italians three days later, before rounding off the group stage against Brazil May 27.