Nigeria’s youth national team, Flying Eagles will open their campaign at the West African Football Union (WAFU) U-20 Championship against Cote d’Ivoire on November 19 in Lome, Togo, megasportsarena.com reports.
It will be the first match for returnee coach of the side, Ladan Isah Bosso, who back in charge of the youth national team for a third spell, as they commence the race to next year’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania, ahead of which the president of Nigerian Football Coaches Association has stepped up preparations with his team.
Bosso’s side put their programme into gear two earlier this week with a total of 46 players in camp and battling for places on the final squad, with most the invited lads drawn from clubs in the Nigeria Pro=fissional Football League (NPFL) and a handful of others from lower division sides.
The squad is now training twice a day at FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, as Bosso and his wards prepare to open their qualifying campaign in Group B on November 19 against Cote d’Ivoire at Stade Municipal in Lome, starting at 4pm local time.
Nigeria’s second match will be against arch-rivals Ghana on November 22, while Togo, Niger Republic, Benin Republic and Burkina Faso are in Group A; with two teams each qualifying for the semi-finals slated for November 28, while the final and third-place matches will hold on December 1.