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F’Eagles Players Arrive Germany

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Officials and players of the Flying Eagles landed in Germany Sunday morning after a six-hour flight from Abuja the previous night.

 Flying Eagles checking in into their Novina Hotel in Nurnberg Sunday morning

Flying Eagles checking in into their Novina Hotel in Nurnberg Sunday morning

The African champions made up of 26 players and 10 officials touched down at the Frankfurt Airport by 6am local time, which is an hour ahead of Nigerian time.

They then made the three-hour bus ride to Nurnberg, where they will be for the next three weeks finalising their preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Nurnberg is an hour’s drive from Munich.

Team spirit has been very high with Coach Manu Garba again praising the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for making it possible for his team to fly overseas for maximum concentration.

The weather is cold and rainy, but goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo said they will cope.

“It is not as cold as some of us feared. We can cope with the weather,” said the Giwa FC shot stopper.

Fellow goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo was excited to make his first trip to Europe.

“I like what I see. I hope I can return to Europe soon to start a professional career,” said the goalkeeper, who was first choice at the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal in March.

The team is booked into Novina Hotel, Sudwestpark.

Officials said the players will hit the gym Monday morning as the countdown to the World Cup continues.

The squad will be joined by four other Europe-based players in Germany, namely Isaac Success (Granada, Spain), Wilfred Ndidi (Genk, Belgium), Moses Simon (Gent, Belgium) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England).

All 21 players from the 2015 AYC triumph in Dakar, Senegal, are on the trip to Germany.

Nigeria has until May 15 to submit a final 21-man squad for the World Cup, which begins on May 30.

Nigeria is drawn against Brazil, Hungary and North Korea.